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Visit our Alpine Garden & Nursery


At the nursery we have a beautiful naturalistic alpine garden, begun in 1980 and spanning a quarter acre, which is probably one of the best in the UK. It has lovely setting overlooking the moors, and features rock and scree beds, a 100ft planted wall, ponds, large crevice bed, containers and troughs.

We trial many of our sales plants in the garden so you can see their habit when planted out. We’re more than happy to offer advice on suitable plants for a particular setting, and if you need a bit more time with us then please call to arrange a visit. Also if you have a list of specific plants please email it to us a few days in advance so we can get the plants ready for you.

N.B. Please note that the garden is on a gently sloping site with paved paths and steps, so not all is easily accessed in a wheelchair. Much of it is though, and we will make every effort to assist where required.

All the photos on this website are taken in our garden and nursery

Watch Garden Tours (click on pictures below)


The Nursery and Garden are open from 10am-5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March to the end of August. We open only on these days because for the rest of the week we are busy growing plants for you. If you would prefer to visit on a different day, then please contact us in advance via phone or email to make an alternative appointment.

Due to our altitude of 925ft, the season is late with us so the garden is often at its best between May and August. However the nursery sales benches are stocked from March and the stock is constantly changing as new plants become ready for sale, so it is worth visiting regularly. Most of the plants that can be seen growing in the garden are also for sale in the nursery.


  • We are a small working nursery, so apologies in advance but we do NOT have a customer toilet or cafe facilities (as we simply do not have the time to maintain these). There are a couple of pubs and a nice cafe in Heptonstall village which is only half a mile away, and there is also a public toilet in the village (opposite the Weavers Square).
  • The nursery is situated at 925ft (282m) on a cool north facing slope in the Yorkshire Pennines. Yes, bring a warm coat (and a brolley) when you visit!

  • Payment at the nursery is by cash or cheque only.


Our alpine nursery & garden is situated in the Yorkshire Pennines at Slack Top, a small hamlet approximately 2 miles from the centre of Hebden Bridge and about 3 miles from the Lancashire border. We are about one hour from both Leeds and Manchester.

Address: Slack Top Alpine Nursery & Garden, 22A Slack Top, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 7HA.

Phone: 01422 845348 or 07392 856395

By car: GPS users please enter Heptonstall rather than Hebden Bridge. We are located in the hamlet of Slack Top, just beyond the village of Heptonstall. There is plenty of roadside parking and the nursery entrance (pedestrian only) is located just behind a red bus shelter.

If you get lost on the day and need directions please try the numbers above. However due to the constant demands of the nursery and often poor mobile signal we may find it difficult on occasion to answer the phone. Locals are very friendly though and will point you in the right direction!

By bus: if travelling by bus from Hebden Bridge, take the 596  from the railway station, or from outside the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Ask for the Slack Top Nursery stop. The bus runs regularly (every 30 minutes on weekdays) and the timetable is available at