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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
A moment’s peace in the city. The 16-acre Birmingham Botanical Gardens includes glasshouses, pleasure gardens, a playground and a tearoom, all surrounded by some of the West Midland’s most beautiful greenery. The four elegant Glasshouses at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are the stars of the show, exhibiting rare and exotic plants from the tropical rainforest to the arid desert. You can also stroll among herbaceous borders, explore the bamboo maze, wander among azaleas and rhododendrons and roam woodland walks in the changing seasons. Little ones can get hands-on with horticulture in the Children’s Discovery Garden and burn off energy in the adventure playground. If you’re visiting in summer, drop into the Butterfly House to watch its inhabitants spreading their colourful wings. And, whatever the season, The Pavilion Tea Room is a lovely spot to refuel.
Winterbourne House & Garden
Experience a unique Heritage attraction. An Edwardian historic house and garden nestled in a leafy corner of Birmingham. Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden. The house was built in 1903 for John and Margaret Nettlefold, of Guest, Keen & Nettlefold. Nettlefold was a pioneer of town planning who carried the ideas seen in his own home to the less wealthy areas of the city. Originally designed as a small country estate with rustic outbuildings and large gardens, Winterbourne followed the style of the Arts and Crafts movement with examples of local craftsmanship throughout the house. Margaret Nettlefold designed the garden, inspired by the books and garden designs of Gertrude Jekyll. After a period of restoration, the garden was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 2008.
Hagley Hall, with its rich Rococo decoration surrounded by picturesque parkland, is a remarkable tribute to the artistic achievements of the great eighteenth-century amateurs but still remains a much-loved family home. The surrounding parka and grounds have been under restoration after almost a century and a half of neglect. Part-funded by English Heritage, Natural England, and the Hagley Hall Estate, are now intent on reinstating the park’s former glories.
The Secret Garden and Discovery Terrace, Library of Birmingham
The Secret Garden is a densely planted oasis full of perennials, ornamental grasses and winding paths and the Discovery Terrace provides a wonderful panorama of the city, alongside silver fish-scale-shaped beds of edibles and low hedges.