Wildegoose Nursery started back in 2011 as specialist growers of hardy perennial and scented violas. The Violas remain at the heart of our business, but our passion for plants has always extended beyond this to encompass a diverse range of flowering perennials and grasses, which we offer for sale alongside our violas on the nursery.
Our sales plants are propagated on site from seed, cuttings and divisions (with the exception of those plants that exercise a PVR) to ensure that the plants you buy are the progeny of those you see growing in the garden.
We garden in sympathy with nature and do not use chemicals, and have also started using peat-free compost for our herbaceous plants.
The 2 acre Walled Garden is entered through the plant sales area, which showcases the plants we love to grow and hopefully many inspiring combinations of colours and forms to give you ideas for your own garden. The garden is modern rather than a traditional restoration of a Kitchen Garden. This was a deliberate decision to create a new garden in a historic setting that reflected the many beautiful gardens, inspiring plantsmen and their plants that have influenced us from our training days at RHS Wisley, through our travels across Britain and Northern Europe. The way we design and garden here at Wildegoose Nursery is very much driven by the plants themselves and how they combine with each other. We are always experimenting and trying to improve on the end result.
The garden is young and while some areas are establishing quickly others will take time. The site is divided into a series of rooms divided by newly planted hedging. There is a plum orchard, ornamental vegetable and cutflower garden, crab apple walk and a series of colour themed ornamental gardens including: the Phlox Walk, Hot Garden and Floral Meadow. A network of paths lead you through the garden and bring you up to the Tearoom, with magnificent views over the garden and out into the surrounding Shropshire countryside. Here you can sit and enjoy lunch, or tea and a delicious slice of homemade cake. Alongside the Tearoom are the Glasshouses, which are newly restored and recently opened to the public. We are currently in the process of putting them back into productive use and replanting with fruits, vegetables and ornamentals after years of laying empty. They are also the venue for a series of Courses & Events we hold throughout the year on horticultural, floristry and culinary topics.
The Garden, nursery and tearoom are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm, from Friday 30th March until Sunday 14th October 2018. There is a £3.50 admission charge to visit the garden and glasshouses, which goes directly towards their ongoing maintenance and development. Entry to the nursery and tearoom is free. Group visits and garden clubs are also welcome by arrangement on other days.
Please note if you are visiting us specifically to purchase violas – they are only available from April through to the end of June. If there are specific varieties you would like, it is advised that you ring us to check availability, tel. 01584 841890 or order using our Online Shop and you can email an order to request collection.
Garden Club Talks
If you would like us to come and speak to your garden club or society we offer the following topics as talks, of approximately 1 hours duration:
- The Wonderful World of Hardy Perennial and Scented Violas – their history, how to grow them, planting ideas and an overview of some of the best varieties from our collection. (Please note this talk is only offered from late March to late June – when plants are available).
- A Late Summer Love Affair – going through our favourite late season flowering perennials and grasses, to extend the garden’s interest right through summer and into autumn.
- A New Take on Bedding – a move away from traditional municipal bedding schemes, this talk shows you a modern way to use annuals, biennials, tender perennials and bulbs in the garden for vibrant borders throughout the season.
- New for 2019: ‘Creating Beautiful Borders’ – Covering the principles of good border design: structure, balance, maintenance and above all the plants themselves – which to choose and inspiring ways to combine them.
- New for 2019: ‘Gardening with Grasses’ – Nevermind a manicured lawn, perennial grasses have so much more to offer our gardens. An introduction to the beauty and variety of this wonderful group of garden plants.
- New for 2019: ‘A Wild Goose Chase’ – From setting up a small specialist nursery to taking on the restoration of a derelict walled garden and its glasshouses. The trials and tribulations and the joys of living the dream.
If you are interested in booking a talk or garden visit then please contact Jack or Laura Willgoss tel. 01584 841 890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We offer a garden consultancy an border design service. If you would like any further information then please get in touch via our Contact Us page or telephone the nursery on 01584 841890.