Spend the day under the blossom trees in our heritage orchards for our version of Japanese Hanami tradition of enjoying the beauty of the flowers this Spring.
Sometimes all you want on Sunday afternoon at this time of year is a bit of fresh air and a stretching of the legs.
No kitting up for a long walk in the hills, just a stroll around a green and peaceful place…
This winter we are having a series of special weekend openings at the Gardens with this need in mind. There are five ‘Sunday Saunters’ between the end of January and the beginning of the season in April.
Late Winter and early Spring is also just a fascinating time in our Gardens.. the snowdrops, aconites and hellebores begin to emerge. As the days get longer the birds (and the box hedges!) get more active. Soon our drifts of daffodils begin to shoot up. When we are lucky enough to have some sunshine the low raking light illuminates the walkways and creates intriguing silhouettes.
We like to share these transient treasures, so Sunday opening offers a chance for our busy visitors to have a couple of hours of healthy pootering outdoors.
Of course it’s still a bit parky, so we have opened our 18th century Greenhouse (sometimes known as the Orangery) for people to find shelter and get a cup of warming chocolate.
On some of the days we will also strike up the firepit and indulge in toasted marshmallows and have some simple family crafts too.
Here are the dates. Do check back to the events calendar on this site or on Facebook just to make sure.
|Sundays, 11am – 3pm
£4 adults, £1 children. Free for Members
|28th January||Snowdrops+ RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and family craft|
|4th March||Daffs + Elite Tents Wedding Fair on site (free entry)|
|18th March||Good for Daffs|
It may be the UK’s smallest bird, but it was easy to see this afternoon in the Gardens.
Working down in the Spinney, Volunteer and Trustee Bill shared some time with the beautiful little bird (Regulus regulus). It washed itself at the edge of the pond and flitted about, apparently happily at home with us humans.
Find out more about the Goldcrest on the RSPB site HERE
So happy we are keeping an environment fit for the tiniest of of flying friends. #wegrowtogether
Celebrate the return of the light with the ‘sweet harbinger of Spring’, the delicate snowdrop. Sunday 5th February 11am -3pm.
Our snowdrops have been increasing every year and they make a delightful show of sprinkled white and green in the Lower Wilderness. The first Snowdrop day Sunday 5th February is a family day out dedicated to welcoming back the longer days and brighter light.
For ‘gardeners’ there will be short guided walks and sales of plants, our Green Man will delight us with stories and song about spring and winter.
Join us in making simple lanterns to light our way round and fashion a traditional Brigid Cross to hang on your door.
Hot drinks and homemade soup will be available in the shop.
£4.50 (including optional Gift Aid), Children £1
RHS & Garden members £3.20
Come back to see the later flowering snowdrops on a second snowdrop Sunday (19th February).
1760 was a long time ago, especially in flower terms.
Plant and garden enthusiasts develop hundreds, if not thousands, of new plant varieties every year. Here at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens we try to grow plants that would have been familiar to the gardeners up till the mid 18th century.
Sometimes, especially with simpler plants and herbs, there has been little change; looking at old drawings and engravings you can easily identify some plants we grow today. Others have been refined and developed far from their origins. Flowerheads are often bred for brighter colours and greater showiness.
Here we try to get a balance between pleasing our 21st century eyes and maintaining a period 17th and 18th century feel.
For our spring displays we have a mix of modern and older daffodils and tulips. This year we are particularly pleased to introduce two stunning early flowers both as it happens, supplied to us by Thomas Etty Esq. of Somerset.
The narcissus poeticus albus plenus odoratus was probably around before 1590 and sometimes is called the double Pheasants Eye or Gardenia-flowered narcissus. It’s all white (albus) with a full and ‘plentiful’ centre (plenus) and very fragrant (odoratus). We hope you will find it peeping over some of our box hedges on the North Border. On a sunny day you may even smell it before you see it.
The second reintroduction is of tulipa sylvestris. Thomas Etty describes it as
“Violet scented almond-shaped lemon yellow flowers in mid April. Naturalises well in grass. Said, by some, to have first travelled to these shores attached upon the roots of grape vines brought from Italy by the Romans.”
Although ‘sylvestris’ suggests a woodland setting, we will plant them on the sloping bank
behind the Holly Walk, alongside the cowslips, primroses and daffodils. Magical!
It’s that time of year again. Can you help us out?
Tulips were a ‘really big thing’ for our Gardens’ founders. In the 17th century there was even ‘tulipmania’; massive fortunes were won and lost by enthusiasts and tulip traders.
These days we’re a bit more level headed, but we are mad about the beauty of our spring borders.
Many of our lovely ‘daffs’ come back year after year and naturalise in the orchard and grassy banks. But like tulips, they need renewing every now and then.
This year we have over 2,000 tulips, daffodils and narcissi to plant before the cold frost comes.
Can you help us?
You don’t need to be an expert, just come and join us on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings next week and be part of the planting team. We’ll show you how.
We’ll be planting from 10am – 12.30 . on 29th, 30th November & 1st December. Weather permitting. Warming tea and coffee supplied. Turn up at 10, or contact us in advance.
Plant the little globes full of flower goodness… stand back and wait for a spectacular spring!
PS There will be a lot of kneeling and digging with a hand trowel