March 15, 2016

Warwick Castle: The Gardens

When we visited Warwick Castle for the first time back in October, I was blown away with everything it had to offer - from the castle grounds to the detail within its impossibly thick stone walls, it was marvelous. In addition to everything castle-ish, Warwick Castle boasts some beautiful gardens. One garden is within the castle grounds, and the other (and probably more famous) located just outside the castle at The Mill Garden. While the latter is not technically a part of the castle itself, it is nestled right up next to it along the River Avon. The Mill Gardens require a small donation fee to enter, but boy is it well worth the £2.00!

England is a magical place for many reasons, but one of them is the fact that there are flowers blooming all year long. In the dead of winter, you can still find posies around the city and a few stray roses stubbornly blooming in the midst of frigid temperatures and days upon days of zero sunshine. In October, the gardens were still incredibly beautiful and I cannot wait to revisit them in the height of spring and summer.

(This post will mostly speak for itself through pictures. Don't judge me too harshly: I was very new at using my real camera and take way too many pictures to edit them before posting. Unless I posted them on my phone, they aren't edited at all - and some of them you can definitely tell. I'm still learning!)





First up is the Victorian Rose Garden at Warwick Castle. 

Once you have paid your way through (it's a hefty price to be sure, but there are ways around this - we used our railway tickets to take advantage of a 2-for-1 entry), you have a bit of walking to do before you get to the castle. As you meander down the path, there is a gateway that opens up to your left - that's the entrance to the castle garden.

While it is not mind-blowingly expansive, it covers quite a bit of ground and has a lot to offer. Again, even in October, we had plenty of beautiful and interesting things to gaze upon! Trellises, a small pond, historic castle ice houses (there were two of these... so cool - literally and figuratively), and plenty of flowers still in bloom. Holy moly, I love roses. I'll say it again: I cannot wait to go back when they're in season!



























Next up, The Mill Garden.

Again, this fantastic place is just outside the castle. The photo ops alone make up for the measly £2.00 entry!

We had a fantastic time rounding off our day in Warwick at this little gem. There were even some adorable British ladies sitting on a park bench who struck up a conversation with us. They told me about a fantastic garden in Cornwall that I must visit if given the opportunity, and they told me the name of this ridiculously awesome tropical plant that thrives in England and, of course, is at the Mill Garden... but you'll have to scroll through the pictures to see what it is.






These were some fantastic views (and an adorable little house, too) that were visible on our walk up to the entrance of the Mill Garden. I had to include them because I really love the photos. What's three more pictures anyway?















































If you've made it this far in the post, you deserve to know that the plant that Patrick and I are standing by is called Gunnera Manicata, more commonly known as a Gunnera plant. This isn't even how large the leaves get as it was already starting to die back for winter, but I thought they were quite impressive as they were!







Seriously, that's one large plant!















It's safe to say that the gardens were one of my favorite parts about our day in Warwick, but there is so much more to Warwick than just the castle and a bunch of (really beautiful) flowers. But that's for another post altogether!

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