About Us

One of the Widest Ranges of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the world

Millais Nurseries grow one of the widest ranges of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the world, and have an unparalleled experience of the genus. We are delighted with another RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal in 2016. Once again we were the only specialist Rhododendron exhibit, and our display celebrating the centenary of The Rhododendron Society (now the Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group) was one of the most colourful and photographed exhibits of the Show. We featured heavily on BBC TV during the week.

Our Nurseries are tucked away down some lovely Surrey lanes, and surrounded on 3 sides by 1000 acres of National Trust heathlands with its abundant birdlife and wildlife, yet we are only an hour from London, or 30 minutes from RHS Wisley Gardens (M25 junction 10). You are welcome to visit our well stocked plant centre, or buy online from our website. Have a look at what our customers think of our plants and service here.

The Millais family has been established at Crosswater Farm since 1947, but our Rhododendron heritage goes back to the naturalist, botanist and author J G Millais, who identified and described many Rhododendrons for the first time, and published his great two volume series ‘Rhododendrons’ (1917 and 1924). Ted and Romy Millais started the nursery in 1970, and as septuagenarians they organized many exciting plant hunting trips to the Himalayas, and introduced several wonderful new species, some of which are offered here now.

Today the nursery is run by David Millais, and we propagate around 35000 Rhododendrons per year. These are supplied to keen gardeners, large estates, botanic gardens, arboretums and specialist garden centres throughout Great Britain, Ireland and Europe. No order is too small or too large for us to cope with, but please order rare plants by the autumn, as the most sought after varieties do sell out!

Our range includes:

  • Choice species with fantastic year round foliage appeal.
  • Dwarf Rhododendrons for the rock garden.
  • A selection of the best large hybrids from around the world, perfect for screening and background planting.
  • Amazing new Inkarho Lime Tolerant rhododendrons for chalk and clay soils.
  • Architectural big leaved species for sheltered woodland.
  • Scented deciduous azaleas for the fragrant garden.
  • The versatile evergreen azalea. Ideal for containers.
  • Compact Yakushimanum hybrids for the smaller garden.
  • Tender Maddenia series rhododendrons for the conservatory.
  • Interesting small leaved plants with bluish foliage and long tubular flowers.
  • Companion plants such as Camellia, Cornus, Magnolia and Japanese Maples.

Our reputation for supplying quality plants continues to grow, and this season we have welcomed many prestigious new customers who have appreciated our plants and service.

We have the best selection of quality Rhododendrons in the country. As you can see from above, we track down rare species from the Himalayas, and new hybrids from around the world to offer a range and a service that is second to none. Join our thousands of happy customers throughout Britain and Europe who return to us year after year for more of their favourite Rhododendrons, Acers, Magnolias, Camellias and companion plants.

Our plants are grown with the best environmental practices, using minimal chemicals, and loads of organic products such as compost tea with beneficial microbial and fungal activities, garlic barriers, citrus seed oil, seaweed, plant tonics and nematodes. They are healthy and green, and already inoculated to grow and perform well in your garden!