Our last NGS garden visit of the year took us just over the county border into Herefordshire to the Picton Gardens and Old Court Nursery, home of the Plant Heritage National Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters.
The garden features in my 'Worcestershire Gardens' on the blog's header bar, (it is only just over the border) and is open from August until October, including some days for the NGS.
Old Court Nurseries developed a reputation for growing Michaelmas Daisy's when Percy Picton took it over. Today the nursery and garden is owned by Paul and Meriel Picton along with their daughter, Helen.
The one & half acre garden provides a riot of colour at this time of year...
...not just from the asters, there are many autumn colouring trees and shrubs...
...bamboos, ferns and other autumn flowering perennials...
The garden contains several willow and metal items of garden art.
You enter this area past pillars of Berberis ( thunbergii f. atropurpurea? ), which is also used as a hedging plant along the paths.
A spectacular, colourful view across this part of the garden.
In this area a new crevice garden is being created inside this raised bed along with a stumpery around the Acer griseum.
The garden was named The Picton Garden in 1985...
...when the Charity, 'Percy Picton Memorial Fund' was established...
...to provide grants to students of horticulture at Pershore Collage.
There are raised beds containing well labeled different asters to help you make your choice in the nursery. They are also involved in the RHS Symphyotrichum trial (the new name for Asters!) which you may have read about in The Patient Gardener: Here
A beautiful and colourful end to the NGS garden visiting season.
Now is the time to start planning for next years opening, the entries for the NGS Yellow Book 2016 had to be in by the end of September, ready for publishing and entry on the website:NGS
The Yellow Book should be available for purchase in February, £2.5 million was donated in 2014 to mainly nursing charities.
What plans do you have for your garden next year?
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