Spring in the Greyfriars garden

Greyfriars Kingsblood

The garden at Greyfriars is a hidden gem, tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of the Worcester high streets. This time of year, the transformation is quite staggering and provides an antidote to the wintery grey and gloom that has out-stayed its welcome this Spring.

As we approach the long-awaited summer, the garden is blossoming and blooming. The ‘Kingsblood’ tulips, which for many months appeared to be small ears poking through the beds, pots and borders, have now exploded with red colour, transforming the space. The magnolia and fruit trees are also blossoming with life, demonstrating the power of a bit of sunshine and warmth.

Visitors might be surprised to learn that the garden was not always this beautiful and developed. The garden as it is seen today was created and devised in the 1950s after a row of 10 blind-backed houses were brought down. A few glances around the garden demonstrate the theme of recycling and Elsie Moore’s dedication to reusing and repurposing. A garden fountain is made out of a fire place and bricks from the original blind-backed houses have been used to create sheltered garden spaces, allowing for a bit of shade on hot summery days.

The garden is a welcome oasis for all, providing a lawn for garden games but also allowing more intimate areas to escape and explore as we head towards the height of summer.