Autumnal Nurseries at Malvern

I said I would show you some of the nursery stands at the Malvern Autumn Show so here we go.  Firstly I must apologise for the poor quality of the photographs, as I said in my last post on Malvern I had my 7 year niece with me who declared plats were boring so my window of opportunity was short plus it seems the lighting was worse than I expected.

With my growing interest in alpines I was immediately attracted to the Edrom Nurseries stand but I suspect this would have drawn me any way since it was a mass of gentiana and I hadn’t realised that there was such a wealth of gentianas, lots of different shades of blue.

I particularly liked the display by D’Arcy and Everest from Cumbria.  Lots of food for thought on how to plant up my first trough which is lurking on my patio.

This was my favourite ‘trough’ it looks so simple at first glance but in fact it is  very intricate and very clever – I am aspiring to create something similar.

I was also drawn to the Tale Valley stand as I have a weakness for ferns and I was also curious to see if they had any Bergenias for sale, like the one you can see in the background, as I had been particularly taken with them at The Garden House the week before but my niece was having none of that and we moved swiftly on.  Just think how much she saved me!

I also managed a fleeting glance at the Kelnan Plants stand.  I do love South African plants and try to grow a few but not having a very large greenhouse, overwintering them is troublesome.

So that is my brief review of the nurseries at the Malvern Autumn Show – maybe next year I will get more of a chance to peruse the displays but at least this year I had the ‘delight’ of seeing all the various rabbits, numerous dogs and livestock!

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

15 thoughts on “Autumnal Nurseries at Malvern”

  1. Gentians gentians everywhere 🙂 They’re gorgeous – I have sown some seed, so fingers crossed. I like the broken up look of the trough. You are tempting me with this alpine thing…

  2. I don’t want to pour cold water on te idea for the trough, but sepervirens planted like this would outgrow their space very quickly and look untidy as one plant grew on top of another. I envy you the visit to the show. Christina

  3. Edrom nurseries are quite close to me, and always get at least an annual visit. They are more woodland than alpine specialists – but grow high quality stuff. I recommend them.

  4. Thanks for the glimpse Helen! I’ve always wanted to see one of Edrom Nurseries stands but as they do only a few shows a year, we never seem to catch them. They have plenty of treasures listed in their catalogue too.

  5. I like that little fern dale, but whereas I can stare at a little green leaf for a long time and be perfectly content, I understand why it is less than exciting for a 7 year old, so next year take me. I would be a good enabler, so you would have a lighter pocketbook, but heavier bags.

  6. I lingered over the D’Arcy and Everest display at this year’s Southport Flower Show Helen – have a photo up my sleeve for a Wordless Wednesday post sometime. That broken but finely crafted terraced pot looks a work of art. Talk about precision planting. Have not heard of Tale Valley and their ferny loveliness so will have to investigate forthwith 🙂

  7. I decided against Autumn Malvern this year as I spent too much during my 1st ever visit to Spring Malvern show, which I intend to visit again next year.

    Lovely pictures of the Alpines, a plant i’m really getting onto… but then you already know that.! 😉

  8. Some wonderful nursery displays, especially the alpine and succulent ones. When my children were young, I never had the chance to linger over gardens or nurseries (or in bookstores) but now that they are adults, they indulge me. More fun but also more expensive!

  9. Was that Begonia scharfii? I do like its leaves and gentle flowers, and keep coming upon it in books (especially Christopher Lloyd’s). They are slowly turning me away from my association of begonias and old people and fussy bedding 😉

  10. For the sempervirens, just stick 3 of them in a pot and they will do the intricate clever bit on their own. Do you ever visit Brittany? I could give you some as I sowed a packet a few years ago and have plenty of different varieties.

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