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Rare Plant Fair Winterbourne House and Garden
19th May at 10:30 am to 4:00 pm£7.20
Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden in Birmingham. The garden was lovingly created by the homeowners, Margaret and John Nettlefold, using the books of Gertrude Jekyll as guides and inspiration.
When the Nettlefolds left in 1919, two subsequent families called Winterbourne home. The latter, John Nicolson, was an avid gardener and built on the existing foundation with further features such as a Japanese bridge and scree garden. When the University took ownership in 1944 the botanical garden was used for study and relaxation by students, and research by the School of Botany.
Today the botanical garden is Grade II listed and offers colour and interest throughout the year. The restored walled garden complete with crinkle-crankle wall, is a riot of rainbow shades from May until October. The lawns are fringed with striking colour themed borders, and beyond lies an original sandstone rock garden and a woodland walk through Gunnera leaves and Rhododendron displays. The botanical garden contains plants from around the globe with collections of plants from China, North and South America and the Alpine areas of the world. There are botanical glasshouses containign collections of cacti, carnivorous plants, alpines and tropical plants.
A beautiful wisteria framed terrace provides views over the 7 acres of gardens and the terrace tea room is a wonderful place to treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea.
Please note: that no dogs are allowed in House, Gardens or Fair (except assistance dogs).
Parking: Limited Blue badge parking and around 50 spaces available at Winterbourne House, with overflow parking at the nearby University multistorey car park. Please follow the directions of the parking staff on the day.