Old Court Nurseries and The Picton Garden

The Picton Garden


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Paul and his daisies (Andrew Lawson)


The Picton Garden 1990s (Andrew Lawson)




Welcome to the home of the Plant Heritage National Collection of autumn flowering Asters and related genera. The garden is open from August until mid October including many days for the National Gardens Scheme. Please check here, the NGS Yellow Book etc. or phone for opening dates and times. The garden has been featured in many magazines and newspapers and has been on several television programmes.


After Percy Picton took over Old Court Nurseries he continued to grow Michaelmas Daisies as well as greatly extending the range of Alpines, Herbaceous Perennials, Shrubs and trees. His skill in growing rare and unusual plants encouraged plant lovers from all over the British Isles to make a pilgrimage to Colwall. A reduction in the area of land needed for growing Asters gave an opportunity to create a garden of stock beds for plants to be sold in the nursery. After, Percy’s death, in 1984, Paul and Meriel enlarged the garden to include large borders of asters and began an ongoing programme of re-planting and re-design. In 1985, to mark the formation of the Percy Picton Memorial Fund the garden was named The Picton Garden. The charity provides grants to students of horticulture at Pershore College.


Opening Times 2019


May – 31st July -  Wednesday to Saturday 2pm-5pm (and by appointment)
August - Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 5pm (also open Bank holiday Monday)
1st September – 20th October Everyday 11am-5pm
National Garden Scheme open days

11am – 5pm

22nd Feb
17th March
7th & 20th April
5th,6th and 26th May
15th & 16th June
14th July


We regretfully can't allow dogs in the garden or nursery.



Adults £3.50 each
Children (under 18) FREE
Admission free to RHS members excluding those in coach groups, as per partner garden scheme terms and conditions.


Please contact us for information on group visits and garden tours.


Although we don’t have any where to eat on site there are many good places to go in and around Colwall, offering a variety of catering from full dining to a quick sandwich. Please see the link pages to find out more.


Garden Tour


Click here to view an online tour of the garden