Animal Adventures

Bonsais in Winter: A Trip to Winterbourne House & Gardens

It is Winter. The world is still cold, and in the New Year, the people are only just starting to come out of the hibernation of the festive season. We wake ourselves up on this cold sunny morning to quiet our minds surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden…

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.” [source]

This adventure to Winterbourne House & Gardens was a moment of relaxation that I needed to chill my busy mind. I enjoyed unwinding surrounded by natural beauty, and the historical charm of the house and grounds.

Did you know? The Winterbourne House’ gardens contain plants from around the globe with collections of plants from China, North and South America and the Alpine areas of the world.

There were a stunning array of botanical species to captivate, even in the outdoor gardens this winter. I was especially taken by the beauty of the Japanese garden, and was enamoured by the simple beauty of the ancient Bonsai trees that were housed there.
Darting inside from the cold, we were then able to immerse ourselves in the history of the home; learning all about the occupants and what they had done to add to the house over their time in residence. I really enjoyed seeing the 19th century printing presses. They are kept in working order, and are now used for demonstrations and workshops.
There really was something for everybody to enjoy at Winterbourne House & Gardens.

Winterbourne House & Gardens at a glance…

Opening Hours
November-February: 10:30 – 16:00
March-October: 10:30 – 17:30

Prices
Adult: £8
Child (5-16): £7
Concession: £7
Family: £22

Getting There
Address: 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RT OR use Google Maps here.

Additional Information
There is a beautiful little tea-room inside the house – the cakes are delicious!
They also serve Afternoon Tea which would make a perfect treat. Book your table here.
Most areas of the site are accessible: there is a lift indoors, a disabled toilet, and the majority of the garden is accessible, however, some of the indoor greenhouses would be a tight fit to some wheelchairs, etc.
No dogs (with the exception of guide dogs) allowed on site.
There is a small car park at the front of the site.

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