The Garden Landscape Guide

Packwood House Garden

A house, developed between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, with a garden.that is shown on the cover of Sir Roy Strong's book on The Renaissance Garden in England. 'Long famous as a garden planted in the 1660s', Strong observes, 'it was, in fact, a mid-Victorian re-creation of a Mannerist garden from before the Civil War, whose symbolism is in terms of abstract moral geometry'. An old gardener said that the great yew garden represented The Sermon on the Mount. The garden at Packwood also has courtyards, terraces and a brick gazebo.

Lapworth, Solihull, Warwickshire, England, B94 6AT

March to early November. Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open 11am to 4:30pm (5:30pm May to September).

Adult £4.00

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  • over 3 years by Gail Fanning 4 / 5

    The borders were absolutely spectacular when we visited in August 2012: especially love the hot border on the terrace. The house is very interesting, and a walk around the lake is peaceful.
  • almost 5 years by Adam Hodge 3 / 5

    As Selina has mentioned there are some gorgeous borders in beautiful colour co-ordinations. The most generously planted was the gold purple and white border but the others were also interesting.

    One wonders whether the grand yews need a bit of a serious cut back... some were looking a bit tired
  • over 5 years by Selina Botham 5 / 5

    The planting was spectacular way better than the usual National Trust garden with artemesia, alliums, euphorbia and some gorgeous deep pink cirsium and Astrantia. So taken with it was I that it inspired my design for a garden in Ashtead Surrey - I used some of the same plant combinations in sweeping curves around a curved lawn.
    Photos will be added to my web site in May 2011 (Once the bulbs are out and plants beginning to establish -

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Packwood House Garden, Warwickshire Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Packwood House Garden, Lapworth Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Packwood House Garden, Autumn Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Packwood House Garden, 2010 Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Packwood House Garden Photograph © Selina Botham
Packwood House Garden, Warwickshire Photograph © Selina Botham