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About Us

We want you to enjoy your shopping experience with us and feel inspired to create the home and garden you want. Our mission is to deliver quality, service and value across all our offer in a ethical and sustainable way.

Our nurseries lead the way in growing plants and are constantly finding ways to reduce our carbon foot print by investing in new materials and technoligies. For more information about our Environmental Policy click here.

Family history

The Coletta family is from the small village of Cervaro near Monte Casino, Italy. The family arrived in Hull in 1904. Luigi worked on the docks and Crestina opened a small shop near the bus station off Ferensway selling coal and goods she brought back from her trips to Italy.

Giovanni (John) Coletta married Phyllis Cromack in 1932 and started their family, Lou and Barbara. John worked delivering milk and groceries for shops and wholesalers and as a landlord in pubs like the Wellington Inn and Spencer Arms. He grew fruit, vegetables and plants on his allotments in Golflinks road and served in the retained fire service during world war two. He was awarded the George medal for saving Wilberforce house during Hull's 1941 blitz, which he donated to the Wilberforce house museum.

After serving in the RAF Lou Coletta opened his first grocery shop in Longhill and went on to open five more. John in the meantime couldn't keep up with the demand from his allotments and in 1964 at the age of fifty three bought a market garden at 324 Hull Road, Woodmansey, now our garden centre.

Brian Tyson was born and bred in East Hull. He played for Hull Kingston Rovers throughout the 1960’s and for Great Britain, playing against Australia and France. He played at Wembley in 1964 against Widnes (the result escapes us!) He was on the doors when The Beatles played City Hall and met the fab four. He maintains the teenage girls that day were the most fearsome opposition he ever had to deal with!  Brian married John Coletta’s daughter Barbara in 1962 and started their family, John and Paul. After a serious knee injury Brian retired from rugby in 1970 and went into partnership with John on the market garden.

John and Paul joined the family business in the 1980's after studying commercial horticulture and are the current custodians of the family business.


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