Not 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.