The Malverns are home to a wide variety of gardens packed full of colour, horticultural interest and unusual features. Many also offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Attracting visitors both from the local area and further afield, a number of hardworking garden owners generously open their gardens for the National Garden Scheme on selected dates during the year. In addition, some gardens open by arrangement. This allows the wider public to enjoy these fabulous spaces whilst supporting the work of some fantastic charities. You’ll find more information about the long-running and perennially popular scheme, as well as the charities it supports, on the National Garden Scheme website.
Coming up in July 2021 are openings at The Picton Garden in Colwall, home to many unusual plants including bamboos and more than one hundred different ferns and acers; The Dell House in Malvern Wells, an informal hillside garden with many magnificent trees; Rothbury in North Malvern, a plant-lovers’ garden with impressive Eucryphia glutinosa to see in July; and Millbrook Lodge in Alfrick, a large, varied garden set in a peaceful location with interest throughout the year and featuring a pond with stream and a bog garden.
Here are the details of the openings coming up in July:
The Picton Garden (pre-booking available): opening on 11 and 25 July (both 11am – 5pm) and on other dates later in the year
The Dell House (pre-booking essential): opening on 14 July (1pm – 8pm) and on other dates later in the year, as well as by arrangement
Rothbury (pre-booking available): opening on 24 July (10am – 5.30pm) and 25 July (1pm – 5.30pm)
Millbrook Lodge (pre-booking available): opening on 24 and 25 July (both 1pm – 5pm) and by arrangement
There are many more gardens to explore, so visit the National Garden Scheme website for more inspiration.
Photo credit: Millbrook Lodge