The Picton Garden
Near the spa town of Malvern, the Picton Garden grew up around Ernest Ballard's renowned Michaelmas Daisy nursery, which is still in operation, offering a great selection of plants for sale. In the garden, many fine specimens of interesting trees and shrubs form the backdrop to thousands of herbaceous perennials. The garden is planted with areas of modern, natural planting schemes as well as traditional borders. Unsurprisingly, its main feature is the Plant Heritage Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters (Michaelmas Daisies) and related genera, which bring a palette of vibrant autumnal colours to the garden during September and October. A wide range of other herbaceous perennials is grown alongside the asters, ensuring a colourful display from late July. The bulbs, trees, shrubs and woodland plants make a fascinating display earlier in the year.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Gravel paths & gentle slopes. No steps
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Aug Wed-Sat 11-5 + BH, Sep-20 Oct daily 11-5, 14 Apr 11-4, 20-21 May 11-5, 24-25 Jun 11-5, 22-23 Jul 11-5
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About The area
Herefordshire is split in two by the River Wye which meanders through the county on its way to the Severn and the sea. Largely rural, with Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye the major towns and cities, its countryside and ancient villages are the county’s major asset.
Visitors can take advantage of a number of the trails which will guide them through areas of interest. Those especially interested in historic village life should try the Black and White Village Trail, which takes motorists on a 40-mile drive around timber-framed villages from Leominster to Weobley (established in the 17th century and known as a centre of witchcraft in the 18th), Eardisley (where the church boasts a 12th-century carved font), Kington, Pembridge and others. Other trails include the Mortimer Trail, the Hop Trail and the Hidden Highway, which goes from Ross-on-Wye to Chester. Hereford has a small Norman cathedral, which has a great forest of pink sandstone columns lining the nave. Inside is a chained library, a 13th-century Mappa Mundi (map of the world) and one of only four copies of the 1217 version of the Magna Carta.
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