Tim & Ruth Penrose

Penrose Family
          Anna Penrose
Penrose Family sans Anna
          Anna Penrose

Tim and Ruth Penrose purchased Bowdens in 2004 from Ann and Roger Bowden, Ruth's Mum and Dad.

Previously, Tim and Ruth owned Hudson's Coffee House in Birmingham having started that business in 1990 and sold it in 2006 after many awards nationally and internationally. Hudson's Coffee House won 'The United Kingdom Egon Ronay Award For Best Tea House' in 1993 and featured on the front cover of the book 'The World's Best Coffee Houses' in 1997.

Ruth and Tim, together with their three daughters Anna, Ellen and Felicity, live just a few miles away from the nursery. Tim deals with the logistics and the running of the nursery and Ruth looks after the show plants, takes photographs and builds magnificent hosta displays, together making a wonderful team!

Her Majesty the Queen visits Chelsea Flower Show stand of Sticklepath's Bowden Hostas - Okehampton Times 9 June 2016

All Change at Chelsea - The English Garden May 2016

All Aboard for Chelsea - Western Morning News 2 April 2016

Tim Penrose on BBC Radio Devon 10 April 2015


Horticulture Week Interview with Tim Penrose 23 March 2012


Tim Penrose on BBC's Gardener's World at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2008.

Toby Buckland Launches New Garden Festival - article featuring Tim Penrose in Western Morning News 25 April 2014

Bowden Hostas buys award-winning bamboo specialist - Horticulture Week 16 August 2013

Expansion in the Pipeline - article about Bowdens in the Okehampton Times 31 July 2013