March garden highlights
March highlights see carpets of crocus or winter aconites, clumps of hellebores or brightly coloured cyclamen and in contrast, majestic flowering magnolia trees. You can see all of these in National Garden Scheme gardens during March.
East Worlington House, Devon, boasts spectacular crocuses and is set in a lovely position with views down valley to Little Dart river. You can catch these at their openings on the 3rd and 10th March.
The Lodge, Cornwall is a 3-acre riverside garden and in early spring you can see the campbellii magnolias in full glory. They have open days on 16th and 17th March.
Trench Hill, Gloucestershire, has hellebores, narcissi and cyclamen in March to complement the stunning panoramic views of surrounding landscapes. They have multiple open dates in March and April.
Hill House, Gloucestershire opens on the 3rd March and is an interesting 4 acre walled garden with paddocks beyond. A wonderful, diverse base of specimen trees underplanted with mixed shrubs and herbaceous borders, cyclamen, snowdrops and other bulbs, providing a lovely display in early spring.
Copton Ash, Kent has a special interest in woodland flowers and hellebores with flowering trees and shrubs of spring. There are multiple open days throughout March, April and May.
Butlers Farmhouse, Sussex is pretty in spring with daffodils, hellebores and primroses and views of the South Downs. Open days on the 30th and 31st March.
Vann, Surrey is a 5 acre English Heritage registered garden with spring bulbs and spectacular Fritillaria in March. They are open for the National Garden Scheme on multiple dates throughout the year.
East of England
Chestnut Farm, Norfolk has a lovely March mixture of crocus, cyclamen, winter aconites and a top spring shrub called Cornus mas. Their March open day is on the 3rd.
The Beth Chatto Garden, Essex is the result of over 50 years of hard work and application of the huge body of plant knowledge possessed by Beth Chatto and her husband Andrew. Visitors cannot fail to be affected by the peace and beauty of the garden. The National Garden Scheme has donated a bench to the garden in memory of Beth Chatto which should be on display for their March opening on the 16th.
The Beeches, Staffordshire is a stunning plant lover’s garden of ⅔ acre with countryside views that displays spring jewels from bulbs, hellebores and early perennials. Open in March on the 24th.
Balmer Cottage, Shropshire is one acre of landscaped garden originally designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Richard Lucas. Their open day is on the 30th March.
Llanover, Gwent is a fabulous garden for adults and children alike, where you can play hide and seek amongst the trees, particularly the numerous early flowering magnolias at their March opening on the 31st.
Aberclywd Manor, Denbighshire, a 4 acre garden on a sloping hillside overlooking the Upper Clwyd Valley, has an abundance of spring flowers in March.
North of England
Primrose Bank Garden and Nursery, Yorkshire is a two acre plantswoman’s garden surrounded by open farmland, with bulbs, Hellebores and flowering shrubs in spring. Open days on the 30th and 31st March
Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria has a stunning wild purple crocus meadow in early spring and multiple opening dates in March.
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