Back to Uni

IMG_5140Not that it was anything other than ‘University’ in my day – abbreviations? tsch! pure laziness! And not that I went to Birmingham University either (although I was offered a place there), but last Sunday the Golfer and I finally managed a visit to Winterbourne House and Garden in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and owned by the University since 1944. Just round the corner from the more well-known Birmingham Botanical Gardens (which we also tried to visit after leaving Winterbourne but where the car park was crammed due to a live music event), the property is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden, now restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour.

Arriving as it opened, we enjoyed a tranquil  morning in the sunshine discovering the woodland walk, hazelnut tunnel,  Japanese Bridge, five sided walled garden, colour themed borders, original sandstone rock garden and stream side planting within the relatively compact seven acre Grade II listed garden. I particularly enjoyed the streamside planting and rock garden where you could walk along the course of the stream – not to be recommended on a wet day though. A very pleasant visit, followed by an equally pleasant lunch and a look round the house before going home to our own small but equally pleasant property.


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14 Responses to Back to Uni

  1. What pure pleasure to get a view into this august setting! Thanks, Cathy!

  2. Pauline says:

    The garden sounds fantastic and the primulas are wonderful ! Lucky you to have lunch and a house tour as well !

  3. Anna says:

    What a fabulous view from that window. The inscribed stones are rather special although I’m going rather dizzy trying to read the words at the edge of that circle 🙂

  4. Cathy says:

    Love the pergola … very Lutyens/Jekyll. All in all a pleasant day!

    • Cathy says:

      It says in the literature somewhere that the garden was indeed Jekyll inspired. Don’t know why it has taken us so long to visit as we have been to the nearby Botanical Gardens several times

  5. johnvic8 says:

    You are so fortunate in the UK to have so many gardens like this one.

  6. It is such a special garden, a real gift to be able to visit…The photos are so enjoyable.

  7. Brian Skeys says:

    Thanks for the ‘Intro’ (Abbreviations?) I must try to visit this garden, living so close and in the Arts and Craft style.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the house was really interesting – originally owned by the Nettlefolds of GKN fame and very much a family home

  8. It looks lovely! I wasn’t aware of Winterbourne House, but it’s now on my list of gardens to visit, as it’s so close. The house sounds interesting, too. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the couple of Arts and Crafts houses I’ve visited. Love the stones – and the view from the window!

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