Gardens and Grounds

Worcester is set within 26 acres of award-winning gardens and wooded grounds, including a lake, on-site sports fields, and an orchard. The gardens are unique among all the Oxford colleges in being landscaped in the naturalistic manner, formed at a time when the late ‘picturesque’ strand of the landscape garden was giving way to the more decorative approach, with shrubberies, of the Regency period.  The gardens are distinctive in having the lake, which forms the centrepiece of the design.

Head of Gardens and Grounds, Simon Bagnall, leads the team who have a responsibility to preserve and improve the historic gardens. They provide this beautiful, tranquil environment for the Fellows, students, staff, Old Members, conference visitors and the local community to enjoy.

  • Worcester College’s gardens are normally open to the public from 2-4pm every day.

Narcissus ‘Tete Boucle’

With thousands of different narcissus (Daffodil) to choose from, with different stem heights, trumpet sizes and shapes, large cup, split cup or small cup, flowering time from early to late spring, single or multi-headed, and even the colours from white, through numerous shades of yellow and even peach, the list of choices can seem endless when trying to find the perfect one.

Here in the gardens the choice is usually made from those seen on garden visits, recommendations from television, magazines and social media, personal favourites, or, as on this occasion, a recommendation from our bulb supplier themselves. Last year, when ordering our bulbs from Peter Nyssen Ltd, we were asked to trial this double form of the well-known ‘Tete-e-Tete’ which we duly accepted.

The Peter Nyssen online catalogue details read as follows: “Buttercup-yellow double flowers with a hint of amber-yellow. Narcissus ‘Tete Boucle’ is a new double form of the amazing Tete-e-Tete. We are delighted to be one of the first to offer this gorgeous variety. An excellent variety for the rockery or containers”.

At just 15cm high this narcissus ‘Tete Boucle’ wowed us 12 months ago and quickly became a firm favourite and is now on our annual bulb order list, a highly recommended addition to any garden.

The content for this section is produced by Simon and Allison Leslie, one of the gardeners with a particular interest in plants and wildlife. You can find out what the team have been up to over the past few months by clicking on each of the months.