Gardens to Visit in Worcestershire

Noted for the magnificent landscapes of the Severn Valley and Malvern Hills, Worcestershire is also is famous for its many flamboyant gardens shows, held annually at the Three Counties Showground. The gardens of this county boasts ten national plant collections and many specialist nurseries. The most celebrated of its historic parks and gardens can be found at Spetchley Park.

Arley Arboretum & Gardens

Italian Garden © P L Chadwick (CC2)

One of Britain's oldest tree collections, planted in the 1820s. Most noted are its very tall Crimean pines. Autumn brings a feast of fiery colours here, with particularly good collections of Acers and Liquidambar (sweet gum). There is also a walled garden, a formal Italianate garden and some well stocked herbaceous borders.

Facilities: parking, café
Open: February/April to October
Address: Upper Arley, Arley, Bewdley DY12 1SQ
Tel: 01299 861368
Web: arleyarboretum.co.uk

Hanbury Hall

© National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

A red-brick William and Mary style house, circa 1700. The 18th-c garden has been recently restored with many period features, including a sunken parterre, a large orchard and a functional Orangery. Beyond the house is a wilderness area and formal woodland that extends into extensive parkland, with fine walks and avenues.

Facilities: parking, café, shop
Open: March to October
Address: School Road, Hanbury WR9 7EA
Tel: 01527 821214 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Spetchley Park

Daffodils in Spetchley Park © Philip Halling (CC2)

Outstanding 19th-c neo-classical private house belonging to the Berkeley family. The surrounding 30 acres of classic landscaped gardens contain many rare plants, shrubs and trees. The gardens are particularly spectacular in the spring but there is good all year round interest. Herds of red and fallow deer roam the parklands and ornamental wildfowl inhabit its large lake.

Facilities: parking, café
Open: all year (exc. Xmas)
Address: Spetchley Park, Spetchley WR5 1RS
Tel: 01905 345213
Web: spetchleygardens.co.uk

Witley Court

Perseus & Andromeda by David Mark (CC0)

The magnificent gardens, surrounding this ruined 19th-c Italianate mansion, feature the stunning Perseus and Andromeda fountain and several other contemporary sculpture. Home to a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs acquired from all over the world. Highlights include a beautifully restored formal parterre, a wilderness garden and fine walks amongst mature woodlands.

Facilities: parking, café, shop
Open: daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Great Witley, Worcestershire WR6 6JT
Tel: 01299 896 636 - Run by English Heritage
Web: english-heritage.org.uk


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