Explore the garden
Tucked away behind its red brick wall, the gardens at Red House are a quiet and secluded spot. Although much of the original garden design is lost there still remain echoes of a past when William Morris and his family lived at Red House.
Certain areas of the garden remain unchanged, such as the bowling green; an area of family fun, undoubtedly played on by William, Janey and their children Jennie and May.
In other areas of the garden we have to look more closely to find these remnants of the past. Spring flowers such as bluebells and primroses were known to have been liked by Morris and lectures he wrote in 1882 express his love of certain plants including the old columbine and snowdrops
" fill up the flower-growing space with things that are free and interesting in their growth, leaving nature to do the desired complexity "
The front of the house has been opened out by the gardeners, and thick walls of laurel and holly have been removed and replaced with bluebells and primroses to bring light and colour back to this area of the garden. Take a seat under the bright blooms of the cercis candensis (Eastern Redbud) to soak up the calm atmosphere.
Morris was keen for gardens to provide and so not all the garden is flowers. During spring you will see the orchard filled apple blossom and volunteer gardeners taking plants out of the greenhouse, hardening them up ready to plant in the vegetable patch in May.
Spring at Red House will see blooms and blossoms as well as a wealth of wildlife along our nature trail.