Step into Spring in a daffodil garden
“She turned to the sunlight,
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.” ―
What can be more uplifting than a walk in a daffodil garden? Throughout March and April, there are over 300 National Garden Scheme gardens opening their gates for you to enjoy this beautiful sunshine yellow flower.
And while you’re enjoying the daffodils, why not support our beneficiary, Marie Curie, by walking 10,000 steps every day this March for Step into Spring, and help more people living with a terminal illness to get the care and support they need?
Here are some daffodil garden suggestions to get you started.
In Wiltshire, Fonthill House is a large woodland garden that has been extensively redeveloped under the direction of Tania Compton and Marie-Louise Agius.
Fairfield in Somerset is a woodland garden that is particularly interesting in spring, with many naturalised and unusual bulbs including snowdrops, crocuses, cyclamen, daffodils and fritillarias, among flowering Shrubs and Trees.
The main features of the garden at Mere House, Kent are trees, shrubs, water, snowdrops and daffodils, but in addition woodland, park and lake walks can be enjoyed beyond the garden.
Also in Kent, Godinton House and Gardens has a wild garden with a mass of daffodils, fritillaries, other spring flowers.
And in Oxfordshire, visit Buckland Lakes where you can descend down wooded path to two large secluded lakes with views over undulating historic parkland, designed by Georgian landscape architect Richard Woods. There are many fine mature trees, drifts of spring bulbs and daffodils amongst shrubs.
East of England
At Hatfield House West Garden, Hertfordshire, visitors can enjoy the spring bulbs in the lime walk, sundial garden and view the famous Old Palace garden, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I.
Woodwards in Suffolk is an award winning south facing gently sloping garden of 1½ acres, overlooking the rolling Suffolk countryside. They have over 30,000 bulbs which have been planted over the years for their spring display.
Brockamin in Worcestershire is a plant specialist’s 1½ acre informal working garden, parts of which are used for plant production rather than for show. A good display of daffodils for their March opening.
Chevin Brae in Derbyshire is a large garden, with swathes of daffodils in the orchard a spring feature.
In Lincolnshire we have The Manor House, an informal spring garden and orchard bordered by the River Bain, hidden in the middle of Horncastle.
At Maesfron Hall and Gardens, Powys you will find 4 acres of South-facing gardens on lower slopes of Moel-y-Golfa with panoramic views of The Long Mountain, plus hundreds of daffodils.
Hidden away Slade garden, Glamorgan is an unexpected jewel to discover next to the sea with views overlooking the Bristol Channel. The garden tumbles down a valley protected by a belt of woodland.
North of England
No. 45 Blackwell, Durham rises from the River Tees up to a garden with many mature trees with colourful Spring borders and containers full of Spring bulbs.
Dora’s Field, Cumbria, named for Dora, the daughter of the poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth planned to build a house on the land but, after her early death, he planted the area with daffodils in her memory. Now known as Dora’s field the area is renowned for its spring display of daffodils.
Also in Cumbria, Rydal Hall has forty acres of Park, Woodland and Gardens to explore. The Formal Thomas Mawson Garden has fine examples of herbaceous planting, seasonal displays and magnificent views of the Lakeland Fells.