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.