Explore the spring garden at Benthall Hall

Crocuses in spring at Benthall Hall in Shropshire

Throughout the garden, spring flowering bulbs and shrubs are starting to appear. The sun is getting warmer and the sound of birdsong fills the air. Everything is waking up after its winter slumber. Now is a great time to get out into nature and explore the new season in the garden at Benthall.

Botanist George Maw

Benthall's nineteenth century garden was planted by George Maw, a passionate bulb collecter and breeder. Based on his collection of over 3,000 plant species, Maw published 'A Monograph of the Genus Crocus' in 1886. The book is illustrated by his own watercolours and brings together 10 years of research gathered from his plant collecting expeditions around the world. 

George Maw was a passionate crocus collector and breeder
The crocus that can be found growing at Benthall
George Maw was a passionate crocus collector and breeder

Spring flowers

Snowdrops push through the cold soil in late January and February to remind us that spring is around the corner. These dainty, but sturdy, flowers flourish in damp woodland areas and can be spotted throughout the garden at Benthall. 

Hellebores appear in early spring. Head to Maw's Rockery to see displays of these colourful blooms at their best. 

 

The first signs of spring bringing a bit of colour to the garden
Flowers growing at the base of a tree
The first signs of spring bringing a bit of colour to the garden

The Wilderness is the place to see Benthall's extensive crocus collection. These flowers bring much needed colour to the garden early in the year. 

A couple of things to note before you visit...

There's no need to book to visit the garden. If you want to join us on a guided tour of Benthall Hall, then you'll need to book tickets in advance on our website or by calling the Box Office on 03442 491895.

Dogs, apart from assistance dogs, aren't allowed in the garden but are welcome on the parkland and wider estate walks. 

Check our opening arrangements here before you visit. 

Book tickets to visit the house 

Benthall Hall is open for guided tours. To guarantee entry to the house, book your tickets in advance on our website or by calling 03442 491895. When you arrive, a member of the reception team will let you know when and where your tour will start. Tickets for the Hall will be available to book on our website every Friday for the week ahead. There's no need to book to visit the garden or parkland walks on the wider estate.