Spring in the garden that inspired a poet

A bed of yellow and orange tulips

Wordsworth House’s walled riverside garden was William’s secret childhood playground. It was here that he learned the love of nature that turned him into one of the world’s favourite poets.

Today, it is filled with the colours, scents and sounds of spring. Wandering ‘lonely as a cloud’ among centuries-old varieties of flowers and herbs it isn’t hard to picture the wild child born here 250 years ago and how his ‘sweet birthplace’ inspired a lifetime of creativity.

Beneath the foliage-shrouded terrace where he and his beloved sister Dorothy used to play, the Derwent, his ‘fairest of all rivers’, gurgles by.

Throughout the garden, spring flowers, shrubs and fruit trees are thriving. The beds brim with crocuses and daffodils.

Early spring flowers are a magnet for bees
Bee on a white flower
Early spring flowers are a magnet for bees

Nature’s recovery 

It is a scene William and Dorothy would have recognised, and it is impossible to tell that this lovely garden has twice in recent years been decimated by floods.

In December 2015, Storm Desmond left their heritage playground under several feet of silty water.

Putting thoughts of the previous devastating floods of 2009 out of their minds, head gardener Amanda Thackeray and her team of volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

In no time at all, William’s garden was back to its glorious best, winning the Cumbria in Bloom Chairman’s Rose Bowl for 2016.

And now the house and garden are Cumbria Tourism's Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.

We hope it won’t be too long before you can visit once more and enjoy them for yourself.

Spring awakens in the garden with a burst of colour
Striped purple and yellow crocuses with dew drops
Spring awakens in the garden with a burst of colour