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 is only 5 mins from her arts studio. 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 2015 sculpture exhibition..
Willow Spheres on Spike. These abstract willow sculptures sit perfectly amongst the Michealmas Daisies at Picton Garden near Malvern. The spheres represent a giant peony about to burst open and so they work in harmony with the asters before the bloom into colour. The sculptures are simply spiked into the ground offering year round interest to any garden border.
Victoria Westaway's Willow spheres on spike. These simple willow sculptures sit amoungst the asters at Picton Garden at Old Court Nurseries in Worcestershire. These natural forms enhance a border of soon to bloom Michealmas daisies. Created in Willow, the steel helps to keep the perfectly round shape of these abstract forms.
Wire fritillary form. These metal sculptures by Victoria Westaway are designed to fit into all borders in the garden. Both the steel and copper wire form a delicate pod reminiscent of the spring fritillary flower. These abstract sculptures allow movement and reflective light to into the garden.
Metal and wire sculptures for Picton Garden near the Malvern Hills. Sculptor Victoria Westaway was delighted to exhibit her work at this beautiful late summer garden and so choose to introduce some new wire sculptures that use copper to introduce light and sparkle to even shadest areas of the garden.
Wire art works under the trees. Devon artist Victoria Westaway exhibits her Wire Fritillaries at Old Court Nurseries. These wire and copper wire sculptures are held by an elegant steel stem that spikes into the ground making them perfect for a border or lawn situation. Here the forms add movement below the shade of the trees.
Steel stemmed Wire Fritillary. Victoria Westaway's copper and wire sculptures sit against the variegated leaves in Picton Garden. These sculptures add movement to the garden as they softly bounce in the breeze and prove the perfect resting place for visiting birds.
Opening Times 2016
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.