In Bloom This Month
Winter isn't always the most colourful time of year in the gardens and grounds, but the falling leaves do open up some unexpected views. Read on to discover where the best splashes of winter colour are and where we recommend for the most scenic views. You can also discover our newly restored Secret Garden.
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 is newly restored for 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.
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. Make sure you turn your eyes towards the Hall as well though: winter is the only time when you can catch a glimpse of the iconic wattle and daub design peeking through the trees.
The North Lawn is the ideal spot for striking views of the front of the Hall. If you're on a winter walk with the family then there's plenty of room to run round and let off steam. Don’t forget to find the slope down to the Secret Garden tunnel!
The yew and box planting around the edges of the lawn provide all-year round interest and if it's a frosty day, it's a beautiful area for wintery photographs.
The majority of the growing season is over but there are still some hardy plants in the Kitchen Garden, including rainbow chard and huge Jerusalem artichokes. Pop in to pick up some seasonal tips on caring for your own beds.
This area isn't known for its plants but we're very proud of the lawn and the mightly Holm Oak! If you're taking a stroll around the grounds then make sure you explore the path along the side of the Hall and under the bridge tunnel