In Bloom This Month
The gardens have taken a winter turn but there's still plenty to discover.
This border runs along the edge of the main path from Home Farm to the hall and is undergoing some winter TLC from the garden team, ready to burst into a riot of colour come springtime.
Explore this magical, hidden oasis in the grounds of Speke Hall. Accessible via a narrow enticing tunnel at one end and a winding path at the other, it can be found just off the North Lawn and is the ideal place for a quiet walk and moment of contemplation. The Secret Garden was newly restored in 2017 thanks to generous donations from the Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Crosby National Trust Association, Oldham and District National Trust Association and the Chester and District National Trust Association.
Look out for the rare (and previously thought to be extinct) Wollemi pine or dinosaur tree.
The North Lawn is the ideal spot for striking views of the front of the hall. Explore the paths around the old moat for unexpected angles of the Tudor Hall.
We're coming to the end of our growing season in the Kitchen Garden but one or two hardy things are still growing and the volunteer team have got plenty of work to do over the winter to prep beds and plants ready for spring. If you’re visiting Speke on a Wednesday or Friday, pop in and see if they're around for a chat and some tips.
The Bund & Coastal Reserve
Pick up the Bund path down at Home Farm, opposite the maze, and enjoy some fantastic views of the Mersey and airport as you stroll. Look out for winter berries and wildlife.
If you’re taking the Coastal Reserve path then there are plenty of wading birds spending the winter on the shores of the Mersey. What will you spot?