Ashton Glen Perennial Nursery has been selling plants by wholesale and retail to New Zealanders for 32 years. Our Online Shop is offering a further way to purchase our plants. In the beginning we just wholesaled and we had to grow a massive amount of plants to earn a living this way. It was a lot of work! 30 years ago when expecting our first son we started to make the switch to Mail Order, and this meant only having to grow a third of the plants and still earned a living. This we have stuck with and enjoy.
Our property is located at Clinton in South Otago, near the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. The nursery is placed to one edge of the garden and is a small part of our farm. We farm grain, sheep and cattle. So as a family we are kept busy and out of mischief. Our three sons are were very versatile and were when little people only too willing to be helpful - once bribed! They have been given a good grounding in Agriculture and Horticulture - and learned to live with soil under the finger nails. Two sons farm wih us and the youngest is in the banking world and photographing our beautiful country. www.liammitchellimage.com
The Nursery and Garden is not open to the public groups anymore, as we were for quite a number of years. It became a lot of work just keeping the place up to standard and always tidy for the large amount of grouped visitors we had. There became less time left to grow the plants, which was defeating our purpose. Family commitments overruled too with our want and need to do things with our children. So that door closed and we created a new pathway. However, I never turn individuals away should they just arrive on me, but they must just take us as we are - often in the middle of something and in an organized muddle! If you have made the effort to find us, then we will make the effort to share our place with you. We hope that we can help you enjoy your patch of garden.