Wightwick's Spring Gardens

Orchard garden in the Spring at Wightwick Manor.

Wightwick is a lovely garden all year round, but during the Spring it becomes one of the most beautiful places in the midlands. The Mander family, took their inspiration from artists and poets and the National Trust have continued to develop the garden along the same aesthetic principles, creating spaces to spend time as a family, and places to wander alone and feel inspired by nature.

What can you see this spring?

Spring begins with cyclamen, snowdrops and crocuses across the whole site, so there are tantalising glimpses of jewel colours and banks of pure white flowers as you walk through the garden.  

If you are lucky in early spring, you may spot kingfishers diving on the large pool, or spy clumps of frogspawn developing near the pool edge.  Discerning visitors will spot the signs of badgers as they walk through the wilder parts of the garden and don't forget to listen out for the woodpecker working in the woodland.

The first signs of Spring
Snowdrops by the lake at Wightwick Manor
The first signs of Spring


March is traditionally daffodil season and our orchards in particular are thick with flowers by the middle of the month.  The smaller native daffodils carpet the small orchard first and then by the end of the season tall white “Thalia” fill the large orchard where there are fresh mown paths to follow and places to enjoy a picnic on the brighter days.  The Spring bulb display will be starting to flower by this point in the formal garden and scented hyacinths create a lovely environment to sit in our sheltered summer seat and enjoy the view.


By April the streams and pools are beginning to look spectacular with fritillaries and primroses and later in the month the valley and the woodland is carpeted with bright bluebells. Children can enjoy spotting the wildlife in the pools.

Free your spirit among the bluebells of Wightwick Manor
A carpet of bluebells in the grounds of Wightwick Manor
Free your spirit among the bluebells of Wightwick Manor

Come May our extensive rhododendron collection will be in flower including our newer scented varieties and the willow grove will be thick with camassias, ideally placed to be seen from the Grigg House at the bottom of the yew and holly walk.  Rhubarb should be being picked in the kitchen garden and the first of the cut flowers will be almost ready to take from the cut flower beds.


The gardens are distinctive for beautiful specimen trees and in May you can see some wonderful sights including the handkerchief tree in full flower and the bright pink of the Judas tree on the south terrace where you may also see flowering wisteria climbing over the front of the house.  Perfect to sit in the sun and dream.
 

Take in the sweet smell of the wisteria on the South Terrace
Delicate purple flowers of wisteria wind around the window on the exterior of Wightwick Manor
Take in the sweet smell of the wisteria on the South Terrace