Summer in the Garden at Moseley

Summer view of Moseley from the Knot Garden

Take a stroll through Moseley's walled gardens this summer and discover a collection of plants which have been cultivated by gardeners since the 17th century.

A plant for every purpose

From medicine and cooking, to potpouri and love-potions, a 17th century garden would have kept the household stocked with whatever herbs it might require during everyday life. Why not see how many you can recognise by sight or scent in our Kitchen and Herb Gardens? Or check out the long border in the Orchard, which we're currently filling with plants that can be used to produce natural dyes.

The herb garden
A view of the herb garden at Moseley Old Hall, with herbs such a thyme growing
The herb garden

Amble through the apples (and pull up a chair by the pears)

There are over 30 different varieties of heritage fruit trees to be found at Moseley; most of them growing in the Orchard. Good weather during the spring meant that we had plenty of blossom on our apples, pears, quince and medlar, so watch out for fruits developing on the branches. We'll be collecting the crop during September, so visit us then to help celebrate the harvest!

The Heritage Orchard
Looking through the trees of the orchard, with long grass below.
The Heritage Orchard

Knot so fast...

Our gardeners will be giving the Knot Garden its annual trim during the summer; a task which can take several weeks! It is partly for this reason that knot gardens, parterres and other topiary were historically considered as status symbols, as only a well-off household could afford to pay a someone to maintain the intricate patterns of hedges.

The Knot Garden
The know garden view from the House
The Knot Garden

Explore the woods

Through the Orchard gate lies King's Walk Woods, where you'll find our den-building area and the treehide. Venture out from beneath the trees to explore the meadow or meander through our turf mazes.

How high can you climb?
The treehide nestled amongst the trees
How high can you climb?