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Bloomin’ Worcestershire! Best florists and gardens in Worcestershire

Bluebells in Trench Wood
Trench Wood by Ian Johnston via Flickr

Whilst Worcestershire may be best known for a certain tangy sauce, the county also has a blossoming floral landscape to explore! So, in the lead up to Mother’s Day, why not embrace the flora of this rural county, by bagging yourself a bouquet at a rustic flower shop, getting lost in a picture-perfect bluebell wood, or even by learning how to perfect your own posies in a flower arranging workshop? We’ve got all this and more in our handy guide to finding the best blooms in Worcestershire.

Hopmarket Flowers, Worcester 
Located in a charming, rustic shop on the high street of the historic “faithful city” (the name Worcester was given for being the last city faithful to the King during the civil war) is Hopmarket Flowers. Not only perfect for all your floral arrangement needs, with its perfectly appointed range of bouquets for every occasion, this local florist also runs its very own School of Floristry in the neighbouring town of Malvern. Classes range from button holes and corsages to modern arrangements and hand tied bouquets, making it the perfect place to make your mum a specially designed, personal gift in time for March 31st! Because homemade gifts are always the best… right?

 
Image credit: Hopmarket Flowers and Floral Events via Facebook

Hopmarket Flowers is located at 15 The Foregate, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 3QD
 
Trench Wood, Dunhampstead
Bluebell season is almost upon us, so from mid-March to early May, what better way to connect with nature than to head to a woodland carpeted in the delicate violet? Trench Wood in the small village of Dunhampstead, known to locals as the bluebell wood (or maybe just this local writer!) is a veritable treasure trove of natural beauty, and the perfect place to also see some primroses dappled amidst the seas of blue blossoms. But Trench Wood isn’t just about the flora, as it is also managed in collaboration with Butterfly Conservation because of its importance for woodland butterflies. Look out for beautiful, rare species from white admirals to white-letter hairstreaks, brown hairstreak butterflies to the large numbers of moths that have been recorded. Then after this feast for your eyes, treat your taste buds to a pint, glass of wine, or even a slap-up Mother’s Day lunch at The Fir Tree Inn across from the woodland.
 
Trench Wood is located at Trench Ln, Dunhampstead, Nr Droitwich WR9 7LW, UK
The Fir Tree Inn is located at Trench Ln, Dunhampstead, Nr Droitwich WR9 7LW, UK
 
Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Hanbury 
If you prefer your flora in a more formal fashion, they why not pay a visit to Hanbury Hall in the quaint, rural village of Hanbury, near Droitwich. The National Trust property itself is worth a visit to give you an insight into the everyday life of a 18th Century manor house, but if you’re hunting for horticulture, head outside into the Hall’s resplendent outdoor spaces. Originally designed by renowned landscape architect George London in 1705, Hanbury’s formal garden has been faithfully restored to its 18th Century glory, and is one of only three of its kind in the country! Famed for its imported plants and mathematical precision, the formal section is also complimented by contrasting areas from orangeries to orchards, walled gardens to relaxed later gardens. And bonus – whilst you’re not allowed to bring your pooches into the formal garden areas, there are 400 acres of parkland where you can stretch your furry friend’s legs, before heading for a well-earned slice of cake at the Stableyard Café.


Image credit: NT Hanbury Hall via Facebook
 

Hanbury Hall is located at School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7EA
 
Webbs of Wychbold, Wychbold
Who would have thought that people would arrive by the coach load to visit a garden centre? But then again, Webbs of Wychbold isn’t just a garden centre, it is the Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory of horticulture. And not even just horticulture, but homeware, craft supplies (again, the perfect place to pick up some glitter and crepe paper to make that all-important homemade Mother’s Day card!), outdoor adventure gear, and of course gastronomical delights with Webbs’ very own restaurant, and get this, gelato bar! So, whether you want to buy some bulbs or an orchid to take home for Mum, or treat her to a day out complete with a tasty ice cream and a stroll around the centre’s free riverside gardens (complete with a Wisteria Walkway, wildflower meadow and even a hobbit hole playhouse… after all Tolkein was from Worcestershire), Webbs has got you covered.


Image credit: Webbs of Wychold via their website
 

Webbs of Wychbold is located on Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0DG 
 
The Confetti Flower Field, Pershore
You may not be able to visit in time for Mother’s Day, but the Confetti Flower Field is definitely an outing to pencil in your diary for the upcoming summer months. Situated around the village of Wick near Pershore, Worcestershire, this colourful field abundant with blossoms from delphiniums to roses, was the brainchild of local farmer Charles Hudson, whose family have farmed this land for over 250 years! Saddened by the fact many churches had started to ban paper confetti due to the mess it caused, Hudson decided to diversify his land’s produce and set up the Real Flower Petal Confetti Company, offering natural (and biodegradable!) dried petal confetti to environmentally conscious brides and grooms! But you don’t have to be getting married in 2019 to get a piece of the petals, you can also simply head over to Wick during July and August (exact dates will be announced on 1st March) for a romantic (and extremely instagrammable!) stroll through the fields where the confetti is grown… followed up by a slice of cake in the Confetti Café of course! Also keep an eye out for some interesting floral patterns during your foray into the fields, as the Hudson family have also been known to plant some interesting designs, including a Union Jack which won them the Guinness World Record for the Largest Carpet of Flowers in 2004!


Image credit: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co via Facebook
 
The Confetti Flower Field is located at Wyke Manor, Wick, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3NZ
 
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