July Visits

Saturday July 20th saw members visit two gardens in the heart of Birmingham.

It was bright and cloudy when we all met on the car park outside the gardens.  First stop when we went in was, of course, a cup of tea and a catch up. I liked the woodland and some colourful areas of cottage garden plants.  I came across a shrub I didn’t know called Calycanthus floridus with red flowers which wasn’t really pretty just striking.  There was the obligatory Wollemi Pine which I love, especially as it has survived from the age of the dinosaurs.   I think every botanical garden must now have one.

Excerpt from Newsletter article by Angela Alexander

In the afternoon we visited Winterbourne House Gardens.

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.