Discover spring delights at Charlecote

Wisteria on house wall at Charlecote Park in late spring

Over 90% of us say that "just looking at a garden lifts our mood", according to the Royal Horticultural Society, and you’ll always discover something to cheer you in our gardens whenever you visit.

Aquilegias - or columbines - fill the gap between spring bulbs and summer flowers
Double pink aquilegias or columbines in garden at Charlecote with house in background

The bulbs that our volunteer gardeners planted last autumn are flowering now and brightening up the borders and pots. The apricot, apple and pear blossom is blooming in Green Court, and the bees are happpy. We've just planted a new peach tree in Green Court too where the sheltered site will enable it to thrive.

The alliums are among the late-spring delights of the gardens
Visitors admire croquet lawn border alliums in spring garden at Charlecote

Take a stroll around the gardens that Mary Elizabeth Lucy loved so dearly in Victorian times and you’ll find our gardeners – staff and volunteers – at work, whatever the weather. They’ll tell you more if you want to chat, or just take a seat and enjoy the results of all their hard work.

Long-lived, long-flowering astrantias are among the delights in our borders
Pink flowered astrantia in garden at Charlecote Park

Victorian influences

Mary Elizabeth’s presence still influences the gardens. Her formal riverside parterre was carefully reinstated twenty years ago and twice a year our gardeners skilfully co-ordinate a new design and organise the back-breaking planting of thousands of new spring plants.

After mice ate so many of our bulbs here last year, we've gone for a colourful bedding display for 2017. The parterre is always a great spot for a photograph - do let us know what you think and send us your photos on social media.

Gold-tinged Gloire de Dijon flowers profusely on the gatehouse wall
Rose Gloire de Dijon flowers on gatehouse at Charlecote Park

Shady informality

Now known as the woodland garden, Mary Elizabeth’s Wilderness flourishes beyond the long border. Her Victorian visitors – like our visitors today - would have been entranced by rare and unusual shade-loving plants and ferns in this tranquil haven. Our hellebore collection and flowering shrubs make this a real plant-lovers' delight - see how many plants you don't recognise here!

Easily missed - find exotic Clianthus punicea (Lobster Claw plant) on the house wall at the back of the parterre
Clianthus puniceus in flower at Charlecote Park

Delightful playhouse

The little thatched summerhouse next to the Orangery tea room (which once housed fashionable Victorian exotic plants) is currently closed to visitors.

Many visitors ask about the origins of this delightful little building and you can find out more here.

Modern formality

You can see how the Lucy family influence still prevails in the gardens today with the topiary in Green Court. The present baronet, Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy created the formal design based on three-dimensional mathematical relationships between the house, the gatehouse and this lawned forecourt.

Spanish white "bluebells" are just as pretty as their native English cousins
White bluebells and forget me nots in woodland at Charlecote

The ancient wisteria on the house is coming in to flower now - we believe it to be around 200 years old which would make it one of the first wisterias planted in this country after plant-hunters brought seeds back from China.

We have a team of volunteers who count and monitor the butterflies - see what you can sppot today, and don’t forget to look out for our friendly robins, happy to hop about close to visitors’ feet.

Visitors with wheelchair in garden at Charlecote for access

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