English Gardens - West Midlands

Packwood House Gardens, Warwickshire


The 'Sermon on the Mount' and a mass of colour throughout the summer


Packwood House is a lovely Tudor building, surrounded by some of the nicest gardens owned by the National Trust. The original gardens were laid out in the mid C17th.

The famous yew garden has over 100 trees which were originally planted in the 1650s and have been enjoyed by generations of children playing hide and seek among them. 

Packwood House Gardens, Warwickshire

The carefully clipped yews are said to represent  'The Sermon on the Mount'. The garden is entered through wrought iron gates and an avenue clipped yew trees lead up to a mound called ‘The Mount’. The yews represent the  'Twelve Apostles' and the four big specimens in the middle are 'The Evangelists'. The single yew on top of the mound is called 'The Master'. The smaller yew trees are called 'The Multitude' and were planted in the 19th century to replace an orchard.

Packwood House Gardens, Warwickshire

Packwood house Gardens, Warwickshire

In front of the house are sunken gardens surrounded by low clipped box hedges. This is surrounded with a raised terrace with long herbaceous borders. At the corners are brick gazebos.  One has a fireplace designed to warm the wall for espalier fruit trees.  The herbaceous borders and sunken gardens are laid out to ensure a continuation of flowers and colour throughout the year.

Packwood house Gardens, Warwickshire

Packwood house Gardens, Warwickshire

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