How to Grow Violas and their Top 20 Varieties
Time & Location
About the Event
Jack and Laura Willgoss were RHS Gold medalists at Malvern in 2014 & 2015. Their Nursery achieved RHS Siver Gilt medals at Chelsea in 2015 & 2016.
Wildegoose Nursery is set in the beautiful Shropshire countryside and is the home of Bouts Violas. Within their collection they have over 160 varieties, including many old favorites dating back to the 19th Century, through to modern introductions, two of which have been raised here at the Nursery – Viola ‘Janette and Viola ‘Jean Jeannie’.
They believe there is a Viola to suit a whole range of garden situations - or indeed culinary - as the smaller flowered varieties can be used in salads and to decorate cakes. Violas make fantastic pot subjects, whether planted up as a collection of varieties in varying sized pots, or as one element in a mixed display.
Wildegoose is a small independent nursery, garden and tearoom housed within the old redbrick walls of Millichope Park’s former Kitchen Garden. It was created in 2011 to safeguard the Bouts collection of Perennial Violas.
The kitchen garden lay abandoned since the 1960’s but has now been transformed into a new and exciting garden that celebrates its traditional roots along side more contemporary plantings of perennials and grasses. Coupled with their own interpretation on colour Jack and Laura Willgoss have created a garden of sustained interest and great beauty.
At the centre of the garden sits the newly restored range of Georgian curvilinear glasshouses, which were restored with the aid of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Country Houses Association and now form the perfect backdrop.
Jack Willgoss is well known as an inspirational speaker and will encourage many of us to make space somewhere in our plots for violas.
Competition: ‘Three violas in a container’ (single or mixed)