The garden at Wightwick
The garden at Wightwick is the perfect place for a walk after enjoying the delights of the house. Originally designed by Thomas Mawson, today it has something to see, no matter what the season.
Wightwick Manor, West Midlands
Explore Wightwick Manor’s impressive formal gardens. The garden sees dramatic changes as green summer vegetation turns into a bright array of autumnal hues.
Arts and Crafts garden
In 1904, the Manders employed the foremost Arts and Crafts garden designer, Thomas Mawson, to lay out their garden. Mawson was a renowned designer from Windermere and had designed many gardens.
The death of Flora Mander in 1905 meant his designs weren't fully implemented, but he returned in 1910 and added the South Terrace. The design and principles of what he wanted are still clear today.
Rooms with a yew
The dominant design feature of the garden is its 'rooms' – areas of the garden marked by clipped yew hedges or terraces giving the garden a wide variety of different feelings.
Mawson designed these so that close to the house they are more formal, and then get more natural as you walk further into the garden
Coming up roses
The Arts and Crafts movement in gardening renewed the love of classic English plants such as the rose. The garden boasts several varieties bordering the paths, lawns and in the formal rose garden.
Beyond the hedges and flower beds are the informal gardens. With two pools as central features they provide year-round interest with spring flowers, summer rhododendrons and autumn colour.
Just beyond the formal lawns and gardens are the two orchards which over recent years have been restocked with traditional varieties.
They’re a great place to sit under a tree with a picnic and relax. In the springtime, smell the honey-scented blossom, take shade under the branches in the summer and marvel at the array of colours in the autumn.
In the three orchards there's a wide range of fruiting trees including pear, quince, plum, damson, cherry and mulberry in the Kitchen Garden. Pear, plum, crab apple, medlar and apples grow in the Small Orchard. Eating, cooking and cider apples can be found in the Large Orchard.
Explore a home full of Pre-Raphaelite art and William Morris interiors, lovingly collected by Sir Geoffrey and Rosalie, Lady Mander.
Visit the De Morgan Gallery, a partnership with the De Morgan Foundation. ‘Look Beneath the Lustre’ looks at how Evelyn and William De Morgan were inspired to create art.
Find out more about volunteering at Wightwick Manor and how you can join the team that has been making Wightwick tick for over 60 years.
Discover the historic buildings at Wightwick and grab a bite to eat in the tea-room or stop by the shop or second-hand bookshop for the perfect souvenir of your visit.
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