Percy Picton, Old Court Nurseries 1976

Details of Percy Picton’s lifetime as a grower of plants appear elsewhere on the site.

Percy Picton died in 1984. At the time he was president of The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society.

As a lasting and suitable memorial, in 1987, the members of the society established a charity and duly appointed trustees to manage the fund. Details are on the Charity Commission Website. The registered number is 518787.

Many of Percy’s associates and friends made generous donations to finance the initial fund. Since when a number of individual donors have raised money or made contributions. The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society have a constitutional duty to hold an annual fund raising, memorial lecture. Many of the country’s best known gardening personalities have generously agreed to present the lectures. In addition to the annual lecture the society have raised funds in other ways and are the main source of income for the charity.

To find out more about The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society visit

The Picton Garden, Colwall

The objects of the charity are to provide monetary grants to students seeking education in various aspects of horticulture, leading to employment. In particular studies related to growing ornamental plants in commercial horticulture or becoming a professional gardener. The charity is able to help with workplace experience including a placement at the wonderful Great Dixter Garden. We can also assist people who wish to train others in horticultural knowledge and skills.

The Percy Picton Memorial Fund has very specific objectives. But, they are crucial to the future of gardening in this country. If you are interested in helping our work, please contact David Hodgson, at the address given below.


Priority for applications is given to applicants living in the area of The Malvern Hills District. Beyond this, applicants should be resident in the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Gloucestershire or the Stratford- upon- Avon district of Warwickshire.

Enquiries are always welcome and should be sent to



 telephone number 01531 640622


Daniel Jones has sent us a report about his work experience at Bodnant


Percy Picton, BBC TV “The Garden Game”

Percy Picton was a very popular speaker to gardening groups throughout the country. He also made regular appearances on TV gardening programmes. This included two series of “The Garden Game” with Norman Painting, Valerie Finnis and David Poole.

Throughout his life, Percy was noted for sharing his knowledge of plants and gardening and encouraging people to learn more about horticulture.

PERCY PICTON A LIFE WITH PLANTS, a short biography, can be viewed from the drop down menu above this page.