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Old Court Nurseries Walwyn Road Colwall Malvern WR13 6QE
3 miles west of Great Malvern; 5 miles east of Ledbury on B4218.
Tel 01684 540416
Thur–Sat, 11am–4pm, 1 Feb–31 Mar; Wed–Sat, 11am–5pm, 1 Apr–31 Jul; Wed–Sun, 11am–5pm, Aug; Daily, 11am–5pm, 1 Sep–20 Oct.
Non-member adult £4.
Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.
The Picton Garden is a charming garden nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills and was established in the early 1980s on part of the Old Court Nurseries site – the nursery itself having been established in 1906. Although best known for the extensive collection of autumn flowering asters, which create a blaze of colour in late September and early October, the garden is, in fact, a paradise for plantspeople throughout the year.
Many unusual tree and shrub specimens form the backbone of the garden with the woodland under-planting having been extensively revitalised during the last three years. Of special interest is the ever-expanding collection of more than 70 different ferns. April is the month for the smaller details in the garden with epimediums, bulbs and magnolias playing an important role.
The centrepiece in May is formed by the combination of a mature Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum) and a magnificent specimen of Paeonia rockii. June sees the herbaceous plants beginning to come into its own with the colour truly building through July. The hot colours of crocosmias and echinaceas light up the August borders to be replaced by a truly glorious riot of colour and texture from mid-September.
This garden, although small, is a treasure trove of different plants, the love and dedication of the family team responsible for its creation and ongoing expansion shining through.
Plants of special interest
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.