A 30 acre private garden set around the historic home of the Berkeley
family. It houses a large collection of rare and unusual trees, shrubs
and plants. There is a fine new garden within the Kitchen Garden, while
the Deer Park is home to red and fallow deer. The house is not open
to the public. Dogs are not admitted beyond the car park. Set in lovely
countryside 3 miles east of Worcester on the A422.
21st March to 26th October September
Wednesdays to Sundays (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 11.00am - 17.00
October, Weekends only 11.00 - 16.00
Closed all other Mondays & Tuesdays
Tel: 01453 810 303
Visitors should leave by 6.00 pm on all days when the gardens are open.
Admission £6.00, Children Under 16 FREE, Concessions £5.50.
Pre-booked party rates (over 25) £5.00.
This lovely garden is owned by Mr & Mrs John Berkeley whose other
home is the historic 12th Century Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire.
Spetchley has belonged to the Berkeley family since 1606, but the greatest
extension to the garden took place at the turn of this century when
Mr. Berkeley's grandmother, Rose Berkeley, assisted by her sister, that
great Edwardian gardener Miss Ellen Willmott, of Warley Place in Essex,
enlarged and enhanced the garden. At Spetchley you will find most aspects
of gardening, the formal and informal, woodland and herbaceous. A garden
full of secrets, every corner reveals some new vista, some new treasure
of the plant world, whether it be tree, shrub or plant. The exuberant
planting, the peaceful walks make this an oasis of peace and quiet.
You will find a vast collection of plants, many of which are rarely
found outside the malar botanical gardens, and the visitor will find
much of interest throughout Spring and Summer. 'Truly a Plantsman's
SPETCHLEY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
April and May produces a wonderful display of daffodils and other bulbs,
and are also the months of flowering trees and shrubs, many rare and
unusual. The large collection of roses, both old-fashioned and modern,
come into their own in June and July, whilst July, August and September
reveal the great herbaceous borders in all their glory. Late September
sees the start of the Autumn tints. A new garden within the Kitchen
Garden is now open to visitors. One part of this garden is Italianate,
with covered walkways of Cercis canadensis, Forest Pansy and Robinia
hispida Macrophylla. The other part is a sunken garden with a rill of
water and plantings of tender and semi-hardy plants.
HOW TO GET TO SPETCHLEY
After coming off the M5 at Junction 6 or 7 follow signs for the A44
to Evesham. As you start the A44 you will see signs for Spetchley. Follow
this road for about 1 mile until you pass under a white footbridge,
the entrance to the Gardens is 100 yards past this on the right.
Refreshments, teas and a range of delicious cakes are available from
the tea-rooms, and teas for parties can be arranged - for details contact
01453 810 303
Visit also the Deer Park, containing fine herds of red and fallow deer,
which has changed little since the 17th Century and makes a delightful
walk for the more energetic visitor.
All enquiries to Spetchley Park, Spetchley, Worcester WR5 1RS. Tel:
Berkeley Estate Office 01453 810 303
SPETCHLEY PARK IN THE EARLY 1900S