Discover spring delights in the garden at Charlecote

Daffodils at Charlecote in spring with Orangery in background

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.

Spring colour comes to the gardens
Tulips and polyanthus in garden pots in spring at Charlecote

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 blooms in Green Court, and the bees are happy.

Enjoy some blue sky thinking in our park and gardens this spring
Tree in blossom against spring blue sky in 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.

Colourful spring bedding illuminates the parterre
Charlecote parterre bedding in flower in spring river in background

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.

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.

Enjoy all these early spring flowers in our gardens today
Early spring flowers montage in gardens 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!

Beautiful hellebores bring colour to the spring gardens
Pink double hellebores in spring garden at Charlecote

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 comes in to flower later in spring - 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.

Don't forget to browse in our Avenue plant centre next to the car park. We're stocking many of the plants you'll see today, and every plant you buy helps us to look after our gardens.

We have a team of volunteers who count and monitor the butterflies - see what you can spot 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

Access for all 

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Crocuses like Ruby Giant brighten pots and borders in early spring
Early spring crocus bulbs like Ruby Giant bring colourful cheer to the gardens at Charlecote