Mon – Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sundays: 10am – 5pm
(hot food served till 4:00pm)
Last admission to garden is 4pm.
Admission to the Nursery and Tearoom is free. Cyclists are welcome. Last admission to garden is 4pm.
There is wheel chair access to most areas (not the Secret Garden) as well as disabled toilets. There are some areas of gravel, bark or grass.
Admission to the garden is £4.50 and accompanied children under 2 are free (children over 2 cost £2.00).
Open every bank holiday except Christmas!
No picnics in the garden or play area. Only items purchased from the tearoom can be consumed in the play area but not in the main gardens.
The story of Whitlenge Gardens.
It all began when garden designer, Keith Southall, bought Whitlenge House Cottage over 30 years ago and began a life’s work of transforming the empty site into the place of beauty and tranquillity one can experience today.
So come and wander through three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens situated in the picturesque Worcestershire countryside. The gardens surround a 17th century cottage which was once part of the Bishop of Worcester’s estate.
Keith has spent over 30 years developing the award winning three acre ‘ideas’ gardens here at Hartlebury, Worcestershire and has, at the same time, been continuously improving the five acre specimen plant nursery and tearoom adjacent to the show gardens.
The house and gardens have served many purposes over the last three centuries. In early years it was a coach house for the estate and later the home of the housekeeper and butler of Whitlenge House, which the cottage stood in the grounds of. It has also been the village dairy and in late Victorian years housed three separate families.
The house also has a resident from centuries past who we call “Albert” although we now think it may be “Albertine”, but that’s a story you will have to ask us when you visit!.
Please note that only food purchased on the premises can be consumed on the premises- please ask tearoom staff for dietary needs and special circumstances. NB Dogs not allowed in the garden and children’s play area but are welcome on the nursery and at the first table in the tearoom (we also have outdoor seating).
The gardens are planted with over 600 varieties of mature trees, shrubs, perennials, alpines, heather’s etc, chosen to give all year round colour and interest, with a large percentage being botanically labelled with Kew style professionally engraved labels.
In recent years Keith has won top R.H.S medals for the gardens he has created at the Malvern Spring Show and the ‘Gardener’s World Live’ show at the N.E.C Birmingham.
If you would like inspiration then come and walk through our “Gardens within Gardens” and enjoy the peace and quiet of our little bit of English Heaven. We pride ourselves on our accessibility for all with disabled access across the site and through the gardens.
An example of the Garden Design procedure can be seen in the entrance of the Tea room where you can stay and enjoy a cuppa or a delicious meal.
We are thrilled to announce that Whitlenge have been awarded the ‘certificate of excellence’ from Trip Advisor.
To find out more about Creative Landscapes and their Garden Design & Landscaping work visit www.creativelandscapes.co.uk.
Definitely not a child friendly place! Even though I had paid for 4 adults for afternoon tea and garden entrance my 3yr old grandson was ignored. Not offered a drink? I had to ask for his voucher for the gardens I was asked have you paid for him? Well yes I had in fact I had paid an adult price!! Talk about making you feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. If you want to go somewhere where the staff look down their noses at you go ahead.
Garden staff were completely different what a shame that the cafe staff spoilt this lovely family afternoon out.
Found it by chance, literally driving past and called in for a breakfast... very good, decent portions to, and polite staff.
My daughter booked this with a Groupon offer, entrance to gardens and high tea for four. She rang and asked were they able to cater for her Mom who is gluten and dairy intolerant. She was told not a problem. However, when we sat down for tea the waitress said there wasn't a problem with the sandwiches but they had gluten free or dairy free but no gluten AND dairy wifefree.My only ate one of the scones she was given and unfortunately seems to have had a reaction to it last night and today. The rest of us were fine and the gardens were stunning but they really must get there act together with regard to food intolerances. You cannot advertise that you supply gluten and dairy free if in fact you don't, the two separately but not together. A lovely day was spoilt by my wife's reaction last night and today. Please Whitlenge GET IT RIGHT for your customers.
Delightful little nurseries, team room, gift shop and gardens. The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable. The team room serves a wide range of lunches and cakes which are welcomed after a leisurely walk around the gardens. The gardens themselves aren't large but contain a whole range of planting and features; a treasure trail and Harry Potter themed areas for the kids too. The nurseries left a little to be desired this weekend but after the winter weather of late it's not a surprise; in spring it boats a range of bedding and herbaceous plants to tempt any keen gardener. Well worth a visit for any locals or if you are passing and fancy a cake with a view.
Would like to say to all the staff. A very big thank you. We had our wedding reception in there summer house on 25th April. The ladies dressed the area up so very pretty and the garden team put beautiful pants in and out side. Food was lovely scones and cake went down with second and third helpings. Once again thank you for helping to make our day
A quiet corner of green space. Found lots of ideas to enhance our own garden. Great emphasis on bringing nature back to your own back yard. Spent a peaceful afternoon here, quite quiet, probably due to the weather forecast.
This was our first time and it won't be the last. We went on a hot sunny day to see their mini gardens, they were great. There are about 21 little garden's, ending on top of a hill with fantastic views. Good garden centre and a great restaurant and staff. Too hot inside, but plenty of seating outside.
Visited here a few years ago, it seems to have gone a little down hill since then.
It was a baking hot day when we visited this time, but it was very quiet.
There is a lovely tea room, but the quality of the food and drink is nowhere as good as it used to be. The cakes are only average and the coffee is very much on the weak side. They used to do a lovely home made fresh milkshake!, sadly no more.
The gardens are £4.50 per adult to walk round, not the best value but not too over the top either. We had the benefit of a beautiful day so things always seem better. There are some nice flowers and shrubs with little hide aways, water fearures and unexpected ornaments. Everything just seemed a bit tired though.
The plants they had for sale in the nursery section though were terrible, most looked half dead.
The staff are all pleasant and friendly.
It was a nice couple of hours spent there, but I wouldn't visit again.
A shame as it could be really good.