Winterbourne is owned by Birmingham University which is just a short distance away.
The house and gardens were built for an industrialist, John Nettlefold, and his family in 1903.
Both the house and botanic gardens are open to the public with low entrance fees.
The whole estate is very well-kept and occupying 7 acres of prime parkland it is a jewel not very well-known or visited by Brummies and others alike.
There are a number of lawns, many flower beds and garden features such as a pergola and ornate wooden bridges.
The collection of cacti, both in open spaces and a greenhouse is outstanding as can be seen from the gallery below.
It is also possible to gain access to a wood owned by Edgbaston Golf Club which provides panoramic views over Edgbaston Pool.
The expected full summer bloom is at the beginning of June and so a return visit then is a must.
The House is furnished with antiques and a tea room provides light lunches, sandwiches and cakes which can be consumed both indoors and on a large outside balcony overlooking a lawn.
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