Discover spring delights in the garden at Charlecote

Narcissus Thalia in woodland garden in late spring at Charlecote

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.

The bulbs that our volunteer gardeners planted last autumn are coming into flower now and they are brightening up the borders and pots. As soon as the apricot, apple and pear blossom blooms in Green Court, the bees are happy.

Enjoy some blue sky thinking in the gardens this spring
Is there anything more beautiful than Charlecote's cherry blossom against a blue spring sky?
Enjoy some blue sky thinking in the gardens this spring

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.

Take your time and look closely at this beautiful magnolia in the woodland garden
Beautiful magnolia comes into flower in Charlecote's woodland garden in spring
Take your time and look closely at this beautiful magnolia in the woodland garden

Victorian influences

Mary Elizabeth’s passion for plants 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.

Tulips and spring flowers brighten the gardens
Spring flowers in the gardens at Charlecote Park
Tulips and spring flowers brighten the gardens

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.

Brunnera macrophylla brings spring colour to the borders - and doesn't seed around like forget-me-nots
Brunnera macrophylla in the garden borders at Charlecote Park
Brunnera macrophylla brings spring colour to the borders - and doesn't seed around like forget-me-nots

Our hellebore collection and flowering shrubs make this a real plant-lovers' delight - see how many plants you don't recognise here!

See rare and unusual plants in the woodland garden like this illicium simonsii
See rare and unusual plants in Charlecote's woodland garden like this illicium simonsii
See rare and unusual plants in the woodland garden like this illicium simonsii
Erythroniums are a delight in the shady woodland garden
Erythroniums are a delight in Charlecote's shady woodland garden in the spring
Erythroniums are a delight in the shady woodland garden

Delightful playhouse

We're sorry  but the little thatched summerhouse next to the Orangery tea-room is currently closed to visitors as the interior is so fragile.

However, many visitors ask about the origins of this delightful little building (which Mary Elizabeth Lucy had built as a playhouse for her grandchildren) so our volunteer photographer takes a look inside 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.

Uvularia grandiflora, known as Merry Bells, loves the shady woodland garden
Uvularia grandiflora, known as Merry Bells, in woodland garden at Charlecote Park
Uvularia grandiflora, known as Merry Bells, loves the shady woodland garden

The ancient wisteria on the house comes in to flower in late 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.

Our visitors often ask about this delightful yellow horned poppy
Visitors to Charlecote's woodland garden often ask about this lovely little yellow horned poppy
Our visitors often ask about this delightful yellow horned poppy

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

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