Ferns,Palms, Bamboos and Hardy Exotics in Dorset

Crawford Hardy Ferns is a small nursery established by Jurgen & Elaine Schedler in 2001 which is run from their premises in Spetisbury, Dorset. The nursery was originally established out of Jurgen’s love of ferns but as the business has grown over the years we have diversified from ferns into tree ferns, palms, bamboos and hardy exotics.

The stock is personally selected by Jurgen from specialist suppliers ensuring of quality. As the nursery is small we have a selected limited stock from more unusual exotic locations from around the world.

A Personal Service

As the nursery is small we are able to provide personal services to all new and old customers. We have been providing site visits, advice on planting schemes and landscaping.

Visit Us

It is always worthwhile popping to view new stock but it is recommended to give us a call before setting off as it is usually manned by one man and Bertie the cat.  We provide free delivery depending upon location.

New Arrivals

The latest plants that have arrived at Crawford Ferns


Crawford Hardy Ferns is one of those small private nurseries that provide so much pleasure to us garden enthusiasts. Not only do they specialise in palms, ferns (including  tree ferns) and bamboos, the owner Jurgen is always unearthing unusual exotic plants that that you can’t find elsewhere.


If you are looking for mature sub tropical specimen shrubs such as the hardy palm Trachycarpus Fortunei, banana plants, or large speciman bamboos this is the place to go, but they also stock smaller sizes of most varieties at reasonable prices.


The nursery is located in the owners’ private residence and you can see many of the plants and shrubs growing in the owners’ garden, which is a delight.  We have been visiting Crawford Hardy Ferns several times a year for many years now and we alway end up adding to our collection of hardy sub tropical plants.