Friday, 29 August 2014

A Visit to Avondale Nursery on the last day of the Midlands Trip

Avondale Nursery had become an intended destination after the interesting article on the nursery in the Garden magazine. Since then, Gardener's World presenter Carol Klein and the BBC crew, have spent a day filming the Sanguisorbas and interviewing the owners for a 6 minute slot on the 20th of September.
They hold 3 National Collections of Anenome nemorosa, Sanguisorba and Aster novae-angliae, they also have a huge collection of Sedums, Crocosmia, Agapanthus, Eryngium and grasses in their Library Garden, where you can wander round and are encouraged to make a note of plants you would like to buy. Everything is clearly labelled.
The day wasn't too bright, so the photos look a bit dull, but the garden and sales area certainly weren't.
 The entrance is bright and welcoming:
 Below are photos taken of the Library garden where plants are displayed to best advantage:
 Lovely combinations of heights and colours
 Below one of the red Sedums

 Here a general view
 Below some Sanguisorbas and Agapanthus
Outside the garden is a rather nice example of how height can be used to great advantage:

 Here's the sales area:
 And a photo of the owners with Carol Klein:
 Details of how to get there:
What did I buy?
I had been looking for Euphorbia 'Black Pearl' first seen at RHS Rosemoor, I found one here, also bought an Agapanthus 'Navy Blue' and a small dark red Sedum 'Bertram Anderson' lovely plants.


  1. Looks like your trip to the Midlands we discussed at Euridge Manor was well worth doing. It's a shame you didn't have time to go into the library - as well as the planting you featured, they have a roof garden, but seeing your posts are so stuffed with things you did see, that doesn't matter.

  2. I thought I'd seen everything. The owners were in a flap when we arrived because a coach party was due; they did apologise for not giving us their undivided attention, and promised to do so on our next visit! We were on our way to Packwood House before coming home, so there was plenty still to see and do.