Visit to Hill Close Gardens in Warwick

Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, was the venue for the latest meeting of members of the Leamington Society on Thursday 11th October. Members were invited to a special guided tour of the historic gardens, to be followed by afternoon tea.

These are the last remaining examples of gardens laid out from 1845 on what was originally pasture land. They were rented by Warwick tradesmen, living in the town above their premises, with no space for a garden or relaxation. In these new gardens they could grow vegetables or flowers, plant fruit trees or keep poultry. Many also built summerhouses of wood or brick as shelter or a place to enjoy the peace and fresh air of a detached garden outside the town.

Visitors to the gardens today will see the restored layouts and the very different gardens: not only 60 varieties of apple trees and 11 of pear trees, but seasonal flowers, fruit, vegetables in abundance.

Barbara Lynn.