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Explore Greyfriars' garden

A bed of pink tulips with Greyfriars House in the background
Spring is in the air at Greyfriars House & Garden | © Peter Young

The walled garden at Greyfriars pays homage to what stood before it – George's Yard, a row of 10 affordable houses which were demolished in 1955 and recycled to create what is now this tranquil outdoor space in the heart of Worcester city centre. Discover the background to the garden and the flora and fauna you can see in the changing seasons.

The upcycled garden

Built as a row of 10 workers' houses at the back of Greyfriars, the houses were demolished in 1955 and the materials from George's Yard were upcycled to create the garden seen today.

From chimney pots used as plant pots, to the bricks that have built the gazebo, explore the garden and discover the plants and flowers you can see in the garden, through the changing seasons.

A black and white photograph showing the houses of St George's Yard at the rear of Greyfriars.
The houses of George's Yard and the rear of Greyfriars | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Spring flowers

With birds chirping, sunshine peeping through the clouds and flowers blooming with colour, spring is the perfect time to escape the city and experience all nature has to offer in the garden.

Look out for snowdrops

In early January, the soft white snowdrops are a welcome sign that spring isn't too far away. When spring sets in and the snowdrops fade, we are greeted by the cheerful, yellow daffodils as they step up and take their proud place.

Many of the bulbs that make up the borders become beautiful alliums and peonies, creating a haven for a variety of insects and pollinators, while the roses reach up and climb the walls of the house.

Sit and rest awhile

The magnolia blooms and casts its shadows across the terrace and summerhouse, sheltering the north wall of the garden, where you'll find places to sit and absorb the sights, sounds and sensations of the season.

In early spring, the garden team plant tulips in the raised circular flowerbeds at the very end of the garden, as well as in the large flowerpots dotted along the garden terrace. Darwin hybrid, pink impression are sure to add splashes of colour.

A dolphin statue, stone urn and pebble circle with pink roses in bloom in the garden at Greyfriars in Worcester
Spring in the garden at Greyfriars | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Greyfriars' House and Garden, Worcestershire. Set in the heart of historic Worcester, Greyfriars is a charming timber-framed merchant's house.

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