Spring gardens are the perfect place for relaxation and clearing your mind. As the days get longer and warmer, England’s gardens burst into colour and new life. Here’s our pick of some of the best gardens to see this spring.
Relax in award-winning gardens with a mile-long ‘Capability’ Brown lake. Spring highlights include the fabulous bedding display in the Upper Parterre, a wondrous sea of gold, comprising 60,000 daffodils in the Marie Curie Field of Hope. For an adventure visit the dazzling display of bluebells in the woodlands, and find the fairies frolicking throughout the estate.
Spread out around a lake, Clumber Park’s 3,800 acres of lush parkland and gardens are alive with birdsong in spring, while the woodlands are carpeted with bluebells. The walled kitchen garden is famous for its rhubarb collection and apple varieties, which blossom during the spring months. Come and see the life and colour of a spectacular working garden and park.
Over 100,000 daffodils and crocuses have been planted in the meadow areas throughout the garden, creating season-long sweeps of dashing colour. Daffodils thrive by the lake, while the sunny chalices of marsh marigolds are among spring’s early risers featured in the stream and bog garden.
Restored after years of neglect, the 15 acres of pleasure grounds at Brodsworth are now some of the most remarkable Victorian gardens in the country. At the start of the new growing season Brodsworth is alive with colour. Daffodils, bluebells, aconites, and 500,000 snowdrops adorn the wildflower lawns and woodland floors, giving you a magical land to explore.
A garden-lover's garden set around the romantic ruins of a gothic mansion, Nyman's is a fairytale in reality. Spring sees a magnificent display of magnolias with 64 varieties of silky lilac and purple blooms filling the air with a gorgeous scent. Fantastic views over the Sussex hills mean you can capture the full fresh beauty of spring.
As well as the home of Earl Grey tea, Howick is best known for its spectacular displays of spring bulbs and the Woodland Garden. Meander through the woodland walks to discover huge drifts of golden daffodils, followed by rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias in April and May.
Free-to-enter, 40-acre woodland gardens are yours to explore. Set within a Victorian woodland plantation, and described as the jewel in Richmond Park’s crown, the Isabella plantation is glorious in spring and best known for its azaleas. The blossoms create a kaleidoscope of colours from vivid pinks and purples, through to orange, blues and white. Visit during their peak of flower, in late April and early May.
For more English gardens try Dazzling Summer Displays
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