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Spetchley Park Gardens

The Gardens at Spetchley are amongst the finest in the country. Set in lovely countryside 3 miles east of Worcester on the A44 they extend over 30 acres and include many rare trees, shrubs and plants of interest both to the professional and amateur gardener.

This lovely garden is owned by Mr & Mrs John Berkeley whose other home is the historic Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Spetchley has belonged to the Berkeley family since 1606, but the greatest extension to the garden took place at the turn of this century when Mr Berkeley's grandmother, Rose Berkeley, assisted by her sister, that great Edwardian gardener Miss Ellen Wilmot, of Warley Place in Essex, enlarged and enhanced the garden.

At Spetchley you will find most aspects of gardening, the formal and informal, woodland and herbaceous. A garden full of secrets, every corner reveals some new vista, some new treasure of the plant world, whether it be tree, shrub or plant. The exuberant planting, the peaceful walks make this an oasis of peace and quiet. You will find a vast collection of plants, many of which are rarely found outside the major botanical gardens, and the visitor will find much of interest throughout Spring and Summer, "Truly a Plantsman's Paradise".

Spetchley throughout the year

April and May produce a wonderful display of daffodils and other bulbs, and are also the months of flowering trees and shrubs, many rare and unusual. The large collection of roses, both old-fashioned and modern, come into their own in June and July, August and September reveal the great herbaceous borders in all their glory. Late September sees the start of the Autumn tints.

A new garden within the Kitchen Garden is now open to visitors. One part of this garden is Italianate, with covered walkways of Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy and Robinia hispida Macrophylla. The other part is a sunken garden with a rill of water and plantings of tender and semi-hardy plants.

Visit also the Park, containing fine herds of red and fallow deer, which has changed little since the 17th Century and makes a delightful walk for the more energetic visitor. Refreshments, teas and a range of delicious home-made cakes are available from the tea-rooms, and teas for parties can be arranged; ring for information. The House itself is not open to visitors. Dogs are not admitted beyond the car park. There is limited access for wheelchairs.

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After coming off the M5 at junction 7 take the road into Worcester. After half a mile you will see the A44 to your right signposted Stratford-Upon-Avon. Follow this road for about 3 miles until you pass under a white footbridge. The entrance to the gardens is 100 yards past this on the right.

Spetchley Park Gardens Postcode for SatNav: WR5 1RS


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