The beautiful gardens at Winterbourne House play host to a Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, May 19th
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.
When the Nettlefolds left in 1919, two subsequent families called Winterbourne home. The latter, John Nicolson, was an avid gardener and built on the existing foundation with further features such as a Japanese bridge and scree garden. When the University took ownership in 1944 the botanical garden was used for study and relaxation by students, and research by the School of Botany.
Today the botanical garden is Grade II listed and offers colour and interest throughout the year. The restored walled garden is a riot of rainbow shades from May until October. The lawns are fringed with striking colour themed borders, and beyond lies an original sandstone rock garden and a woodland walk through Gunnera leaves and Rhododendron displays. The botanical garden contains plants from around the globe with collections of plants from China, North and South America and the Alpine areas of the world. There are botanical glasshouses containing collections of cacti, carnivorous plants, alpines and tropical plants.
This year Rare Plant Fairs celebrate their 25th season. All our events are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, each with its own unique character, from those with histories stretching back centuries to more modern gardens created in recent years. A day out at one of our fairs a really enjoyable and inspiring experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener.
The nurseries that attend our Fairs are carefully selected to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or all of the plants that they sell themselves. We try offer the widest possible range of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants, and all of our nursery owners are experts in the plants that they grow. They are all always happy to offer all the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden.
The fair will be open from 10:30am to 4pm, and entry costs just £7.20 for Adults; Concessions £6.20; Family tickets £22. Season tickets also available. Admission includes the House, Gardens and Plant Fair. Lunches and refreshments are available.
Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event, can be found at www.rareplantfair.co.uk
Winterbourne House & Garden University of Birmingham 58 Edgbaston Park Road Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2RT