Today we visited one of the gardens that has remained a firm favourite for us both - Winterbourne House and Gardens. It is conveniently nestled within the extensive grounds of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston and has ample visitor parking.
This is a beautiful space to spend a relaxing hour or two within breathtaking gardens. Visitors to the House and Gardens have the bonus of being able to gain access through a woodland footpath to Edgbaston Pool. This is a separate property and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the standing open water and the smaller mixed broadleaf and Yew woodland.
Similarly to Coughton Court, the Walled Garden which you initially enter to the right of the terrace area, is one of our best-loved parts of Winterbourne. This area is the provider of much inspiration in the planting choices and schemes and it is lovely to revisit as the seasons change. Autumn is a particularly stunning time of the year when the vegetables around the border are ready to be harvested and the Virginia Creeper on the House changes colour to vivid shades of red.
|Genius idea for Cornus|
|An inviting entrance|
We also absolutely love the Japanese bridge and Sandstone rock garden. The former is reminiscent of another passionate horticulturalists garden in his painting a Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies (Claude Monet, 1889) and just transports you to another time and place - really stunning.
|Just one of many beautiful aspects|
|More delicious Gunnera Manicata so much bigger than ours|
We are especially drawn to and find enjoyment in the Woodland walk, the Stream lawn and Streamside borders. Visiting regularly has given us confidence to implement planting scheme ideas for our own garden around our Wildlife Pond area albeit on a tiny scale.
|Varied & lush bog garden planting schemes with Iris, Marsh Marigold & Indian rhubarb|