The summer can bring all sorts of nasty surprises, one of them being weeds.
During this time of year all sorts of nasty invasive plants are working their way up through the ground.
When your precious back garden is afflicted with a nasty invasion such as this then you can choose to either look up the cost of Japanese knotweed removal or simply ignore it and visit another garden, although you may have a law case on your hands!
There’s nothing quite like a stroll around an English Country Garden to soothe one’s spirit and whilst we’re in the midst of this glorious English summer, we thought we’d share with you some of the very best places to enjoy such a stroll in the Severn Valley. Whilst some of the gardens that we’ve selected on this list might seem like a bit of a trek from either Kidderminster or Bridgnorth, we can promise you that they are well worth the trek.
So forget about your weed-ridden garden, pack up your car with a few sandwiches and your plant book; and see what the gardeners of the Severn Valley have to offer you. If you’re thinking about coming to visit us here in the Severn Valley, then why not stop at one one of these delightful gardens in the local area?
Arley Arboretum & Gardens
There’s a little bit of everything at Arley including peacocks, an Italian garden (complete with water fountain), themed trails and even a maze for the young ones to get lost in. It’s a great destination for adventurous walkers who fancy getting another peek at the Severn Valley Railway system too.
Simply follow one of the signposted walks out to the hills and watch as the iconic trains chug their way through the peaceful landscape.
Where? Near Bewdley How much? Adults for £5.50, children for £2.50 and under-3s for free.
Whitlenge Gardens and Cafe
Garden designer Keith Southall is the man behind the exciting three acre ‘ideas gardens’ at nearby Hartlebury. A winner of a handful of prestigious RHS medals, as well as successful private landscape gardener in his own right, Keith has spent the last 30 years designing and developing shows, whilst simultaneously innovating within his own space at Whitlenge House Cottage. Art and sculpture lovers will no doubt enjoy the striking design choices, whilst there’s plenty for horticulturists alike too!
Where? Hartlebury How much? Garden entry is £3.50 for adults, £1.50 for kids and free for kids under-3.
Winterbourne House & Garden
Built in 1903 for businessman John Nettlefold and his family, Winterbourne House & Garden is an example of quintessential 20th century design, but its garden is the star attraction. Margaret Nettlefold designed the garden after being inspired by the books of legendary gardener Gertrude Jekyll. Following years of restoration work, it is the garden itself that has been given a Grade II listing by English Heritage.
Where? Edgbaston How much? £6 for Adults, 5-16s/Students/Over 65s go for £5
Spetchley Park Gardens
There are few gardens with as many links to British history than Spetchley Park Gardens. The mansion that stands today was built after the original house was burned to the ground on the eve of the Battle of Worcester in 1651, writer and gardener John Evelyn helped design the peaceful gardens and there’s even an oak tree with an interesting connection to Winston Churchill. Ellen Willmott helped her sister Rose Berkeley to design much of the garden that exists today in the early 20th century, with Spetchley becoming one of the first gardens to open to the public under the National Garden Scheme.
Where? Spetchley How much? Adults for £7, children for £2.50, concessions for £6.50 and under-5s go free.