Victoria has been invited back to display her willow and wire sculptures amongst the Plant Heritage National Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters in Colwall, Herefordshire. The garden is open from August until mid October including many days for the National Gardens Scheme. Please check with Picton Garden or the NGS Yellow Book opening dates and times. The garden has been featured in many magazines and newspapers and has been on several television programmes.
Victoria always looks forward to showing her work at Picton Garden a horticultural delight that nestles wonderfully below the Malvern Hills. Helen Picton first invited Victoria to show her willow sculptures back in 2013 when Vik created The Michaelmas Fairy (see slides below) that has now become a permanent sculpture within the garden.
This year Victoria has been working on some special abstract wire and willow sculptures designed especially for bright coloured borders. Vik hopes these will prove popular with the many horticultural enthusiasts that visit this famous national garden.
Percy Picton & The Memorial Fund
After Percy Picton took over Old Court Nurseries he continued to grow Michaelmas Daisies as well as greatly extending the range of Alpines, Herbaceous Perennials, Shrubs and trees. His skill in growing rare and unusual plants encouraged plant lovers from all over the British Isles to make a pilgrimage to Colwall. A reduction in the area of land needed for growing Asters gave an opportunity to create a garden of stock beds for plants to be sold in the nursery. After, Percy’s death, in 1984, Paul and Meriel enlarged the garden to include large borders of asters and began an ongoing programme of re-planting and re-design. In 1985, to mark the formation of the Percy Picton Memorial Fund the garden was named The Picton Garden. The charity provides grants to students of horticulture at Pershore College. Words from Picton Garden website
Here are some of the highlights from the 2017 sculpture exhibition..
Sculptures in Flight - Willow Sculptures showing birds in flight with Wire Sculptures depicting divers soring above and through the National Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters
Wire Sculptures - The Divers by wire artist Victoria Westaway shown skirting across the Picton Garden Asters in Colwall, Herefordshire
Wire artist Victoria Westaway captures the essence of dynamic free flying as these wire sculpture divers display involved aerobatic manoeuvres
Wire Sculpture - Woven Wire Peacock by wire artist Vik Wesataway photographed at Picton Garden, Colwall near the Malvern Hills
Beautiful wire peacock sculpture shown with tail down strolling the garden paths at Old Court Nursery, Picton Garden near Malvern
Wire Pebble Sculpture provides solid form and contrast amongst the Asters at Picton Garden
Black and white photograph of the Wire Pebble Sculpture gives an illusion of metamorphosis within cocoon, photographed by wire artist Vik Westaway
Willow Sculpture - Willow Peacock with tail down woven in willow on steel armature standing on wire clawed feet. Photographed at Picton Garden by willow artist Vik Westaway
Also open bank holiday Monday
Please check the Old Court Garden Nursery page for opening times and the Yellow book for NGS days.
Regrettably dogs are not allowed in the garden or nursery.
Adults £3.50 each
children (under 18) FREE
Admission free to RHS members excluding those in coach groups, as per partner garden scheme terms and conditions.
Please contact Picton Garden for information on group visits and garden tours.