The Gardens at Speke Hall
The gardens are bursting into their best with borders of beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas on the North Lawn, colourful crops in the Kitchen Garden and hints of pink along the herbaceous border. Take a stroll around Speke Hall and soak in the sights and scents for yourself, including the final few weeks of the bluebell woodlands.
This border runs along the edge of the main path from Home Farm to the hall and is ready to burst into a riot of summer colour. Spot the distinctive shape of the allium 'globemaster', rising above the ground and beaming in purple. Breathe in and appreciate the refreshing minty scent from the nepeta.
Explore this magical, hidden oasis in the north west corner of Speke Hall's grounds. 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. Look out for the rare (and previously thought to be extinct) Wollemi pine or dinosaur tree. Magical magnolias are waiting to be discovered nearby. Nestled beside the edge of the stream, you will also find colourful rhododrendons. How many other secrets will you discover here?
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.
The North Lawn is the ideal spot for striking views of the front of the hall and exploring the paths around the old moat. Follow the wall of lush topiary that has been shaped to perfection by our garden team, offering unexpected angles of the hall's Tudor architecture. On the path running along the west side of the house, venture into the trees to come face-to-face with a metasequia glyptstroboides - a rare tree with distinctive bark, once thought to be extinct. Now, stroll over to the magnificent rhododendrons bordering the lawn, covered in vibrant purples and pinks.
If you are after a space for relaxation and perfect picnic spots, our South Lawn is the place for you. As you follow the perimeter path, keep an eye out for the mulberry tree and its growing fruit. A border of lavender runs along the edge of the house, offering up lively colours and an unmistakable scent. In early June, our quintessential Victorian formal rose garden will be a sight to behold, containing a delicate mix of polyanthus.
The volunteer team have been hard at work giving everything our fruits and vegetables need to grow big and healthy. Most plants aren't quite ripe yet, but there's still lots to see including sprouting strawberries and burgeoning blackberries. We're already licking our lips in anticipation! If you’re visiting Speke on a Wednesday or Friday, pop in and see if the team are 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?