Top Ten UK Gardens To Visit This Spring

When spring has sprung there’s nothing better than taking a stroll in a blooming British garden. From meadows and blossoms to formal and walled gardens,here’s your guide to the best UK gardens to visit this spring.

Exbury Gardens, Hampshire

A previous winner of the prestigious Hudson’s Heritage UK ‘Best Garden’ award, Exbury Gardens is the quintessential spring garden. With 200 acres of splendid colour and tranquillity, explore the world-famous Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias as well as rare trees and shrubs.

For more information, visit: http://www.exbury.co.uk/

Stourhead House and Gardens, Wiltshire

The Garden at Stourhead House has been described as ‘a living work of art’. First opened in the 1750s and designed by Henry Hoare II, the magical landscape includes spectacular features; from temples and a gothic cottage to a pantheon and Palladian bridge.  What makes the lawns so spectacular are the carefully constructed views – akin to something from a landscape painting – making it a perfect attraction for horticulture lovers.

With recent bad weather in this area, please check for opening times before travelling.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/

Iford Manor, Wiltshire

Sat in the steep sided Wiltshire Valley close to the Frome river, Ilford Manor is as idyllic as it is historical. Originating from the medieval times, the Manor house received an upgrade to its façade in the 18th century. Yet the grounds wouldn’t be what they are without the Grade 1 Italianate garden. Famed for its beautiful serenity, the plot is set on a romantic hillside and includes terraces, sculptures, and breath-taking rural views. Open from April to October.

With recent bad weather in this area, please check for opening times before travelling.

http://www.ifordmanor.co.uk/

Trebah Garden, Cornwall

For something slightly different, be sure to discover the charm of Trebah – sub-tropical splendour set on a beautiful Cornish coastal backdrop. Throughout spring see the garden come to life with exotic colour thanks to the 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Rated amongst the top 80 finest in the world, follow the four miles of footpath under exotic canopies and colourful tunnels to the secluded beach on the Helford River.

http://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/

Lydney Park, Gloucestershire

Situated between the River Severn and the Forest of Dean, Lydney Park is a sight to behold in the springtime. It’s extensive range of patches are covered in snowdrops , and the 8 acre secret wooded valley located behind the house includes groves of mature camellias, colourful azaleas, rhododendrons, corylopsis and pieris. Add to this the stunning magnolias, acers and cornus, Lydney Park is not to be missed. Bear in mind though, they are only open from April – June.

http://www.lydneyparkestate.co.uk/

Sheffield Park Garden, East Sussex

Termed a ‘horticultural work of art’, Sheffield Park has been created from centuries of landscape design, namely by Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton. Visit in the springtime when you’ll see daffodils and bluebells in bloom as well as a canopy of rhododendrons and azaleas amongst the acres of landscape garden, parkland and woodland. Notable features include the historic Pulham Falls and the Palm Walk, as well as the myriad of different tree and shrub species from around the world.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden/

Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire

With over 60 acres, at Wentworth Castle you’ll find a mix of formal gardens, like the 18th Century Union Jack Garden and the Victorian Flower Garden, as well as more informal ones like the Wilderness. The gardens are at their most vibrant between March and July; camellias, rhododendrons and the azaleas finally come into bloom.

http://www.wentworthcastle.org/gardens/

Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire

Over time, this 400 year old plot became overgrown with shrub and woodland, until 2002 when a huge restoration programme began. This is part of Easton’s charm and beauty, as the slow revival and work-in-progress shows how much history and dignity there is at Easton. The original layout dates back to the Tudor and Jacobean period, as such the entire garden can be seen from the ground of the original house, including the 15,000 daffodils and 5,000 tulips.

http://www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk

Dorfold Hall Gardens, Cheshire

With Dorfold Hall dating back to the Jacobean period, the 18 acres of gardens reflect the original period as well as the four centuries following. The gardens here are a must in the spring time. There is a woodland area filled with blooming magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, as well as a wonderful stream-side display of deep red Primula pulverulenta.

http://www.cheshiresgardens.com

The Dorothy Clive Gardens, Shropshire

Created by Colonel Harry Clive for his wife, these gardens are set in the lovely countryside on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. An experience for all the senses, the visually stunning azalea walk is a must, as well as the sweet scent of the pheasant’s eye daffodils, not forgetting the vibrant azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolias In addition you can experience the blooming of spring bulbs and bluebells. Open from April to September.

http://www.billsitsolutions.co.uk