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Nick Macer

Specialist nurseryman and owner of Pan Global Plants

Nick Macer is a self-taught botanist, plant collector, TV presenter and owner of Pan Global Plants, a nursery based in Stroud, Gloucestershire which offers an extraordinarily wide selection of unusual plants.

Nick’s Tigger-like enthusiasm for the unusual means that any visit to Pan Global Plants is fun and informative, and always results in a car boot full of rare and exotic beauties!

View across garden at Pan Global plants

Your three favourite flowers?

Not flowers as such, and changes weekly, but let’s just grab a few gems: Arbutus x thuretiana, Daphne bholua ‘Tashi’ and Agave ovatifolia.

Tell us about your childhood garden?

I was given a small area for myself and decided to make a weed garden, much to my father’s disdain. That probably says something about me doesn’t it?

Who or what inspired your career choice?

Difficult one this. I just fell into an obsession with trees at 21 and I’m not sure what triggered it. From then on my life path, in a general sense, was set in stone.

What is a typical day in the life of Nick?

Black coffee, check all the delicate things at home, like new hybrid crosses I’ve made, water pots, then into work. Check the current state of play with staff, then phone calls, emails and assisting customers. Take photos of current things in flower. Pollinate this, pollinate that, or collect seed.

Time in the nursery garden with volunteers. Depending on time of year home by 6.30 or 11pm.

No garden is complete without …

A whole load of good things from Pan Global’ 😊

Something we’d find:
  • On your bedside table: A stack of unread books

  • In your flower arrangement: Something oddball to keep things interesting

  • In your garden shed: Gripper, the hybrid experiment that went so, so wrong. Do not enter.

The flaw you wish you didn’t have?

Too quick to dismiss

What would you be in another life?

A woman. Would be interesting, no?

Guiding principles?

Keep smiling 😊

Who is a horticultural hero?

Don’t have one, but anyone with real talent and especially real passion gets my vote.

What is the one flower or plant you’d never plant in your garden, but don’t detest when you see others plant it?

There are so many!

If there was a fire, and you could only keep one horticultural book, what would it be?

WJ Bean, Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles, although to be honest it’s all online now at

For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for?

Excellence and inspiration

Contact: Pan Global Plants, on and 01452 741 641

Pan Global: an eclectic nursery with exotic specimens aplenty.

Quick fire: some favourite things

Book: The most influential at least was ‘The Power of Now’

Film: So many good ones! Parasite, Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), etc etc

Painting: My Richard Ballenger

Smell: My girlfriend’s skin

Meal: Vietnamese

Travel Destination: Mexico, every time!

A cause near and dear to me: The ‘Keep Gripper Hidden’ fund

Place to go for inspiration: Westonbirt arboretum

A great walk near where you live: The Cotswold Way

Thing to collect obsessively: Trees

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: James Hitchmough

Garden in the UK: Tregrehan

Garden anywhere else: Las Pozas, Mexico, though have actually never been!

Images of Nick & Pan Global garden: GAP/Charles Hawes

Nick Macer
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