The Gardens at Whatton
Gardens open 11am to 4pm Sunday to Friday, March to October
The tearoom will be open this Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 2-4pm
Plant nursery open most Thursday and Friday afternoons
please see www.piecemealplants.co.uk for details.
The spring wildflowers are out in force... bluebells, forget-me-nots and wild garlic abound to brighten up the bank holiday! (29/4/17)
"The gardens were lovely, just so English, and peaceful with all the spring flowers...most of us could have stayed all day....we will look forward to another visit in the future" R Swales, April 2013
The wife of the first Lord Crawshaw carried out much of the landscaping of the garden in the late 19th Century. Extending to 15 acres, it offers the visitor a haven of peace and tranquility through all the seasons of the year. A myriad of paths lead through the woodland garden, carpeted in spring by thousands of bulbs and wild flowers, while an abundance of flowering shrubs and ornamental trees catch the eye around the spacious lawns.
In the summer the old fashioned rose garden, with its extensive views towards Charnwood Forest, and the magnificent herbaceous border sheltered by the high brick wall of the working kitchen garden, provide a profusion of colour.
Other features of the garden include stone seats, ornaments, an ornate stone loggia, a bark summer-house and the “Bogey Hole”. In the Chinese Garden, the Terracotta Warriors stand guard, replicas of the famous Terracotta Army discovered in China after being buried for 2200 years.
The garden is now cared for by Lord and Lady Crawshaw, along with their Gardener, Roy Carr, rather less than the original staff of ten gardeners! However above all, the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of a bygone age make Whatton Gardens the ideal setting for a relaxing visit for all the family. Many mothers, who came here as children, now bring their own children to visit, such is the enduring spell cast by Whatton Gardens.