Gardens, Plants, Landscapes and Churches




Percy Picton 1904-1985

PERCY PICTON was a well known plantsman, gardener, nurseryman, lecturer and broadcaster. The Charity was established by The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society in 1987, as a lasting memorial to their late president, who had a special interest in encouraging people to learn more about the world of plants. The society organise an annual lecture to raise funds for the charity. In addition the members of the Society raise money from plant sales and other activities.

The charity is small and qualification for a grant is restricted  firstly to people who are resident in the Malvern Hills area and then those resident in the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, plus the Stratford-upon-Avon district of Warwickshire.

Grants can be available to people following horticultural studies at Pershore College or similar establishments. Help is also given to apprentices and trainees in private and public gardens and nurseries. Research studies related to plants are eligible for consideration. Training should lead to a career within Horticulture, Gardening or Botany


We are grateful to the Great Dixter Trust for enabling the charity to arrange for short time work experience in the garden at Great Dixter.  Other locations in gardens and nurseries are  usually available.


Funds are available now.  Applications are welcome and should be sent to the trustees at the address below.


Great Dixter

Great Dixter




   registered charity number 518787

Mr. David Hodgson, Phelps Cottage, Coddington, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1JH


telephone     01531 640622



PERCY PICTON a life with plants


                    NEWS  AUGUST 2018


Between 2016 and 2018 the PP Memorial Fund has been delighted to help two horticultural trainees from Malvern to further their education and careers.

Dominic is now employed by the National Trust at the world famous Hidcote Garden.

Daniel has just completed his course as a student at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The Fund was able to help him undertake a scientific study of alpine plants in their natural habitat and in several Swiss alpine botanic gardens. He has recently been on a work experience course at Great Dixter and learned much about their unique way of using a wide variety of plants. Daniel is now about to work in a Swiss alpine botanic garden and will, this autumn, become a student gardener at RHS Wisley.

Click on the link below to see more.

Work Experience Report.compressed


                    NEWS DECEMBER 2018


This autumn the trustees have received a number of enquiries. Several have been followed up by applications for a grant. The trustees have been able to award grants to two applicants who are training in practical horticulture, one applicant who is completing a PHd course and one applicant who is undertaking a course in botany, with a view to teaching others.


LATEST NEWS 4th DECEMBER.    The WYCHE AND COLWALL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY  have raised their largest ever donation for the charity. Thank you to all the members and committeee for such a wonderful effort.

Special thanks to Heather and Kay for their hard work with the brilliant plant stall.  TO ALL TRAINEES and STUDENTS of HORTICULTURE  please keep the applications coming !






Paeonia rockyi group



Picton Garden, early spring

Picton Garden in early spring

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Helen Picton

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Helen Picton’

Rhododendron augustinii

Rhododendron augustinii

Meconopsis 'Lingholm'

Meconopsis “Lingholm’

Stewart sinensis

Rhododendron 'Naomi Pink Beauty'

Rhododendron ‘Naomi Pink Beauty’

Primula auricula 'Mayhem'

Primal auricula ‘Mayhem’

Davidia involucrata

David involucrata

Rosa 'Empress Josephine'

Rosa ‘Empress Josephine’

Fraxinus pensylvannica 'Variegata'

Fraxinus pennsylvannica ‘Variegata’

Crinodendron hookerianum

Crinodendron hookerianum

Cornus kousa 'Satomi'

Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

Cercis siliquastrum

Circus siliquastrum

Aster thomsonii 'Nanus'

Aster thomsonii ‘Nanus’

Arisaema candidissima

Arisaema candidissimum


Daphne petraea hybrid

KN. rooperi 2 4627

Kniphofia roperi


Acer griseum

Hylomecon japonicum 4684

Hylomecon japonicum

Arisamea proboscideum 4751

Arisarum proboscidium


Lonicera americana growing on Percy’s potting shed

Tecophilia 2725

Tecophilea cyanocrocus

Phlox maculata 4554

Phlox maculata ‘Pink Beauty’

Trillium chloropetalum 4449

Trillium chloropetalum

Parrotia persica

Parrot persica

Pieris forrestii 2 4544

Pieris forrestii

Viburnum x Carcephalum

Viburnum x carcephalum


Actinidia kolomikta


Clematis ‘Twilight’


Euphorbia characais

Eucryphia x nymansay 2 4434

Eucryphia x nymansay


Clematis ‘Joan Picton’

Jasminum parkeri best 4072

Jasminum parker

Hellebores en masse 4603

Helleborus hybrids

Embothrium 4532

Embothrium coccineum


Metasequoia glyptostroboides


Helleborus hybridus


Saxifraga grisebachii ‘Wisley Variety’


Dactylorhiza foliosa



Hepatica Ashwood Hybrid


Clematis montana ‘Picton’s Variety’

35 Clem. PP

Clematis ‘Percy Picton’


Galanthus ‘Percy Picton’



  1. Julia Rudge

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am presently undertaking my long-lived desire to study horticulture alongside becoming a full-time lady gardener after years of helping friends and family out in their gardens, gaining practical experience along the way but this was alongside working in an office 4 days a week!

    My reason for contacting you is to seek financial support in continuing onto the theory aspect of RHS L2 after completing RHS L2 in Practical Horticulture hopefully in June this year, 2020. I am only in my second year as a self-employed gardener and therefore do not have the funds to meet the £800 cost of the next module (Theory) having taken a drop in income to do the job I have wished for for so long. I live in Solihull in the West Midlands and travel over an hour each week to Pershore College having worked in a garden in the morning and am presently providing garden maintenance to in excess of 12 homeowners in the surrounding areas of Solihull but to help meet costs I also provide a dog boarding service – like having my own pooch but without the costs which has helped me through my first year of gardening as a sole trader.

    I do hope that you will be able to help in signpost me to help support the costs of continuing with my RHS L2 at Pershore College where I have been attending monthly demonstrations for 2-3 years prior to becoming an RHS student on a weekly basis – I love the college and love the people I have the pleasure of mixing with as we are all there for the same reason – because we just love plants and helping to maintain them!

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Julia Rudge
    34 Wootton Close
    West Midlands
    B93 0EJ



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