As Easter bank holiday approaches, there couldn’t be a better time to enjoy blooming daffodils, long walks and glorious blossom. The UK has some wonderful gardens which are in full bloom in Spring, so wherever you are in the country, take some time to explore! To help you find a garden near you, or if you fancy visiting one further afield, we’ve put together a list of beautiful gardens that you can visit this Spring.
North of England
1) Cragside, Northumberland
Voted by the public as Britain’s Best Garden in Landlove Magazine Awards 2016, a Pinetum, Rock Garden and Formal Garden all work together to make up the beautiful surroundings of Cragside, Northumberland.
The Formal Garden is a magnificent example of a Victorian garden. Laid out in three terraces it covers over three acres and is an idyllic, vibrant spot to take in views of Northumberland. Explore approximately 20,000 plants which have to be raised in the nursery with different designs used each year.
2) Dunham Massey, Cheshire
As Dunham Massey emerges into spring, there are plenty of new discoveries to be made and gardens to be explored. Taking a stroll down Camelia Walk is a Spring highlight not to be missed.
See the unfolding carpets of blues and yellows and an array of plants bursting into colour in the Cyclamen Grove. Soak up the scents, colours, shapes and textures on a guided tour!
3) Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire
Wentworth Castle is one of the most historic gardens in the north of England and featured on the BBC television series Restoration. This previously forgotten gem has now been fully restored and is definitely worth visiting this spring.
The gardens surrounding the 18th-cenury castle now hold National Collections of rhododendron, camellia and magnolia. Bulbs planted in the 60-acre garden, create carpets of colour from March to early June.
4) Clumber Park, North Nottinghamshire
With the evenings becoming lighter and the days becoming longer, there are plenty of signs around Clumber Park that spring has finally sprung. Potted bulbs in the Conservatory provide early colour, including scented hyacinths, daffodils and tulips.
April sees the tulips in the herbaceous borders in the garden coming into bloom and towards the end of the month, the apple blossom produces a beautiful spectacle in pinks and white. Clumber is a park well worth visiting!
5) Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
As Calke Abbey’s gardens start to bloom this spring, take a peaceful stroll around the walled kitchen gardeners and see the gardeners at work. Look out for the early crocus, delightful daffodils and grape hyacinth.
Inside the Peach Houses, the peaches and nectarines are starting to bloom. Wander through the orchard and spot the drooping snakes-head fritillaries under the blossoming apples.
6) Spetchley Park, Worcestershire
Spetchley is a glorious 30-acre Victorian garden surrounded by a deer park and boasting a collection of plants from all over the world. Home to the Berkeley family for almost 400 years, the Victorian garden was designed by Ellen Willmott.
The displays of spring bulbs in April and May, including drifts of Narcissi ‘Spetchley’, are some of the best in England and are complemented by a springtime shrub garden containing rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and azaleas.
South of England
7) Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Every corner of the estate will be brimming with life this spring. The camellias bloom in early spring, followed by flowering cherries and magnolias. There’s a dramatic display in the Long Garden, where you’ll find a fresh display of 11,000 citrus coloured polyanthus in the four central beds.
On the parterre, there are 22,000 bedding plants flanked on the banks by daffodils and a carpet of blue Scilla siberica on the western side.
8) Standen, West Sussex
If you love to see Spring tulips emerge, Standen is the place to visit! The tulip festival this April and May gives visitors the opportunity to admire over 15,000 tulips around the garden.
The displays include some rare and unusual ones, as well as plenty of colourful combinations and popular varieties. Also explore the kitchen gardens for some tasty crops you can buy!
9) Powis Castle and Garden
This breathtaking multi-layered garden at Powis Castle has some spectacular views.
Wander through the Italianate terraces blasted from the solid rock and marvel at the yew hedges, dancing statues and lavish herbaceous borders. The gardens never fail to impress and the spring bulbs are definitely worth the trip to see!
There is a sense of relaxation which cannot be achieved on hanging terraces so dominated by the towering castle walls’ open lawns. Take a seat and enjoy the view on the croquet lawn.
10) Rowallane Garden
Rowallane Garden is best known for its fantastic array of 1500 rhododendrons. Some of which have been there since the Rev John Moore planted them over 100 years ago.
Go and see the stunning display throughout the garden in the early spring until late summer starting with the cool whites, pinks and mauves of the delicate rhododendron triflorums, to the yellows, pinks and reds of the summer.