Spring gardens to explore
As snowdrops make way for daffodils, blossoms and other spring bulbs, our gardens are coming to life! We’ve brought together a selection of some of the finest spring gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme for you to explore. Please click on the individual garden links for details of opening times.
Trench Hill, Sheepscombe, is a fabulous 3-acre garden which opens for us 12 times a year and is absolutely lovely in spring. The owner, Celia Hargrave, plants 800 tulips each year, while Pear Tree Cottage, Gotherington is a half-acre oasis garden in the middle of a busy village. Particularly strong on spring bulbs and has a very intimate atmosphere.
Charlton Down House, near Tetbury has great spring displays, and a mixture of formality and informality. Of particular interest is the walled topiary garden.
Rooksnest , near Lambourn, Berkshire has stunning blossom, magnolias and tulips on display and sometimes even wisteria. Along with beautiful and varied garden ‘rooms’ (developed mostly by the award-winning designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd), the garden team are always very friendly and welcoming.
Penns in the Rocks near Tunbridge Wells, with its spectacular outcrop of rocks, 140 million years old, sets this garden apart. Stunning in Spring with daffodoils, bluebells, azaleas, magnolias and tulips.
Offham House, just outside Lewes, is a romantic garden with fountains in the beautiful Sussex country side outside Lewes. Chickens, guinea fowl, sheep and ducks embellish the garden experience!
The Old Vicarage, Washington where 2000 tulips have been planted for spring as well as 10,000 mixed bulbs in the meadow area. As well as the stunning view looking towards the North Downs, enhanced by mature and various specimen trees, the garden has many pockets of interest, including a Japanese garden and a working kitchen garden.
Even from the driveway at Stonewall Park, nr Edenbridge, you can see a vast amount of self seeded daffodils, leading down to a romantic woodland garden in historic setting featuring species such as rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas, bluebells and a range of interesting trees and shrubs, sandstone outcrops, wandering paths and lakes.
Parsonage Oasts, Yalding, on the bank of the River Medway is a ¾ acre garden with walls, daffodils, crown imperials, shrubs, clipped box and a spectacular magnolia.
51 The Chase is spectacular in spring, when 2000 tulips bloom among irises and tree peonies. There are also geodetic dome shelters seedlings, succulents and subtropicals.
You can also go an exclusive “out-of-hours” spring guided tour of Hampton Court Palace‘s gardens in April. Pre-booking essential.
In Essex a glorious trio of spring gardens. Ulting Wick, Maldon has thousands of colourful tulips and flowing innovative spring planting. Or Wickets, Langley Upper Green, with a froth of billowing borders. Narcissus and tulips. Finally Furzelea, Danbury with thousands of tulips and topiary to give added dimension.
In Cambridgeshire Trinity College Fellows’ Garden have a lovely spring garden with impressive specimen trees, mixed borders, drifts of spring bulbs and informal lawns with notable influences throughout from Fellows over the years.
Great Thurlow Hall, Haverhill, Suffolk is 13 acres of beautiful gardens set around the River Stour, the banks of which are adorned with stunning displays of daffodil and narcissi together with blossoming trees in spring.
In Leicestershire, Westbrooke House, Market Harborough, is a garden with everything – large professionally designed garden , walled garden, meadow, pond and a spring garden.
Felley Priory in Underwood, Nottinghamshire is a garden for all seasons with yew hedges and topiary, and an orchard with extremely rare daffodils. There is also Normanton Hall, Normanton-on-Trent with 3 acres of mature oak, lime beech and yew and recently planted trees, and new plantings of bulbs, rhododendrons and a camellia walk.
In Worcestershire, Little Malvern Court, Little Malvern has 10 acres attached to a former Benedictine Priory with magnificent views over Severn Valley. Garden rooms and terrace around house designed and planted in early 1980’s; chain of lakes; wide variety of spring bulbs, flowering trees and shrubs. There is also White Cottage and Nursery, Inkberrow with a spring meadow with 1000’s of snakes head fritillaries.
In Shropshire new garden Westwood House in Bridgnorth is a beautiful country garden, well designed and planted around the house, particularly known for its tulips. There is also Edge Villa, nr Yockleton, a two acre garden nestling in South Shropshire hills with far reaching views of this delightful corner of the county and woodland walks to enjoy.
Llanover, nr Abergavenny is beautiful in spring, with a long driveway lined with daffodils, and its very special feature, a collection of many, many different magnolia trees. The Rhyd-y-Meirch stream creates sound and movement throughout the garden as it flows into ponds, through the round garden, over cascades and beneath flagstone bridges.
Llwyngarreg Garden in Carmarthenshire delights plant lovers with its many rarities incl species Primulas. In Glamorgan, Llandough Castle has over 60,000 spring bulbs including narcissi and tulips whilst hidden away in a wonderful position, Slade, Southerndown is an unexpected jewel to discover next right next to the sea with views overlooking the Bristol Channel. From terraced lawns great sweeps of grass stretch down the hill, at this time of year enlivened by spring bulbs, fritillaries and other early flowering plants.
In Powys, Gorsty House has thousands of daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs throughout the garden giving a wonderful uplifting experience after the dull days of winter. And a couple of new openers, Fron Heulog has lots of bluebells and hellebores and Bryngwyn Hall has a woodland garden carpeted with snowdrops then stunning show of thousands of daffodils, camassias and fritillaries in the long grass down to serpentine lake.
Three gems in Cumbria, Holehird Gardens, Windermere is run by volunteers of the Lakeland Horticultural Society to promote knowledge of gardening in Lakeland conditions. On fellside overlooking Windermere, the 12 acres provide interest year round. Summerdale House, Lupton is in a rural setting with fine views across to Farleton Fell and large collections of auricula, primulas and snowdrops. And finally Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston has a wild purple crocus meadow in early spring and good displays of snowdrops, daffodils and tulips.
This is just a small selection of spring gardens to whet your appetite. To see our full selection visit our find a garden page.