Coach House Cacti - Cactus Nursery Dorset

The season has started, and Spring seems to have sprung at last! After a prolonged Winter and very wet and cold Spring our plants are beginning to show some signs of growth, and therefore we are opening our nursery from Thursday April 11th – for opening times please click on the visit page. We have a very busy Summer ahead and if you enjoy Agricultural and County shows we will either have a sales gazebo or putting on a display within a floral marquee. Currently, we begin at the Cornwall Garden Show, Wadebridge (April 6th & 7th sales only) , then onto the following: Mapperton Plant Fair (April 14th, sales only) Moreton Plant Fair (Saturday April 20th, sales only), the New Dorset Spring Show, Kingston Maurward College (April 27th & 28th, sales only), Toby’s Garden Festival (May 3rd & 4th, sales only), Yarlington House Plant Fair (Saturday May 11th, sales only), Athelhampton House Plant Festival (May 12th, sales only), Devon County Show (May 16th, 17th & 18th, display and sales), Bath & West Show (May 30th, 31st & June 1st, display and sales), Abbotsbury Plant Fair (June 23rd, sales only), Portishead Cactus Mart (June 29th, sales only), South Molton Plant Fair (July 14th, sales only), Illsington Village Show (July 20th, sales only), New Forest Show (July 30, 31st & August 1st, display and sales), Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Show (August 3rd, sales only), Melplash Show (August 22nd, sales only), Abbotsbury Plant Fair (September 1st, sales only), The Dorset Show (September 7th & 8th, display and sales), Mapperton Plant Fair (September 15th, sales only). We look forward to meeting past and new customers at these events.

Who are we, and what do we do?  Simply, we are small nursery run by David Ennals supported by Jane his wife in the small village of Toller Porcorum in Dorset.  We grow a variety of cacti and succulents, exhibit our plants, give talks and show them off in competitions.

David and Jane Ennals - Coach House Cacti

Coach House Cacti is Dorset’s only cactus nursery, offering easy to grow plants, lots of advice and a cup of tea if you want! David is a professional gardener, but has been growing cacti since childhood. Plants are sold to visitors, and at various shows and plant sales.  The nursery is gaining quite a reputation in the South West and this year we are hoping for further successes through 2024.

Bath and West 2023 – Best exhibit in Floral Pavilion.

Taunton Flower Show 2023 – Best display in Floral Pavilion

New Forest Show 2023. Large Gold.

Dorset Show 2023 – Large Gold

Devon County Show 2023 – Large Gold Medal and Best in Floral Pavilion

Large Gold at The Royal Bath & West Show 2022
Large Gold at The Taunton Flower Show 2022

Large Gold at The Dorset Show 2022


David is a member of the British Cactus and Succulent Society, Bristol Cactus Society and Mammillaria Society. He shows his plants in at county shows where there is a floral marquee and in competition at Bristol and Cornwall Cacti shows. (Unfortunately, there are no specific Cacti shows held in Dorset). David also gives talks on the cultivation of cacti to local gardening clubs.

Large Gold at The Dorset Show 2019

A great start to 2023, awarded Best Exhibit in The Dorset Spring Show with a Cristate mamillaria.

David Coach House Cactii

Post Covid with our Country getting back to normal, the County Shows were recommencing, and so we entered The Royal Bath and West Show, our display is shown below.

Royal Bath & West Show 2022

Jane and I were delighted to win Best exhibit in the Horticultural Marquee!!

Images below from The Devon County Show 2021, where we were awarded Gold for this outside display. There was no Horticultural Marquee due to Covid restrictions.