Spring garden events

There’s nothing like a garden full of spring flowers to lift the spirits. As our gardens awaken from their winter slumber, discover where you can enjoy some of the best gardens and treat your senses to the magic of spring.

Get the kids involved and step back in time to the days of knights and jesters at Blickling Hall, Norfolk or see the exotic plants from around the world at Rowallane, Co Down; time spent in one of our gardens is sure to inspire you.

It’s also a great time to experience nature springing back to life. Don’t miss the bluebell walk through the woods at Sheffield Park, East Sussex, laid out by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown or join the volunteers for a guided walk in the garden and enjoy the aroma of azaleas and magnolias at Stourhead in Wiltshire.

Here are some of the top spring gardens and seasonal events to enjoy:

    Blickling Hall, Park and Garden, Norfolk

    Blickling's 500 acres of parkland and woods are of the best places to see bluebells in spring.

    Spring fair, 24–26 May, 10.15am–5pm
    Step back in time to the days of knights and jesters, with cameos from many eras of Blickling's history and a modern day craft and plant fair, there's something for all this bank holiday weekend.

    * Craft and plant fair - £3 admission, children under 14 - free
    * Normal admission charges apply
    * For more information call 01263 738030

    Make a weekend of it: There are seven holiday cottages on the Blickling estate, including the Tower, converted from the second earl's race stand - sleeps four.

    Bodnant Garden, Conwy

    This 80-acre garden boasts wonderful views of Snowdonia.

    Secret Bodnant walk, 14 May, 11 June, 16 July, 13 August, 2pm–3pm
    Bodnant Garden is going to be expanding over the next few years; they will be taking down the ropes and opening up large new areas. Come and get a sneak preview with the gardener on the Secret Bodnant walk to discover the grounds' spring beauty.

    Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall

    Described as a bit of heaven on earth - full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants.

    Discover more: wildflowers, 6 May, 12pm–3.30pm

    Glendurgan’s gardeners share over twenty years of wildflower gardening experience in this drop-in session. Find out if it'sy as easy as it looks; whether you want to let the lawn go wild or introduce new plants to your existing meadow, the team will offer expert tips and advice to wildflower enthusiasts.

    * Normal admission charges apply
    * For more information call 01326 252020

    Make a weekend of it: At the foot of the valley that is home to Glendurgan Garden are three beach side cottages; The Old School House - sleeps four, Quay Cottage and Beach Cottage in the lovely hamlet of Durgan - sleeps three, and tucked away in the woods is a tiny timber built, thatched cabin called Wood Cottage - sleeps two.

    Rowallane, Co. Down

    Rowallane has exotic plants from around the world and spring is the most exciting time to visit.

    Herblore evening master classes, 4, 11, 18 & 25 June, 7pm–8.30pm
    Come and learn about growing, propagating and harvesting herbs. Find out about the folklore uses for herbs in the past and how they are used for well-being now. Each class is held in the garden and focuses on a different topic each week.

    * All tickets £35
    * For more information call 028 9751 0131 

    Sheffield Park, East Sussex

    This informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th-century by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 

    Bluebell walk, 30 April, 2pm–4pm
    Join the team for a guided walk around a little-known part of the estate. Walk Wood runs across the top of the garden and is currently part of a project to restore some of the original paths and vistas enjoyed by previous owners. The woods are full of bluebells to enjoy as you walk through this piece of untold history.

    * Normal admission charges apply
    * Booking advisable, please call 01825 790302

    Stourhead, Wiltshire

    Stourhead is set amongst lawns and parklands, which are filled with blooms throughout the spring months.

    Spring blooms garden tours, 3–7 May, 11.30am–12.30pm or 1.30pm–2.30pm
    Join one of Stourhead’s volunteers for a free guided walk in the garden to experience Stourhead at its blossoming best.

    * Normal admission charges apply
    * For more information call 01747 841152

    Make a weekend of it: Set at the entrance to the landscape garden, 89 Church Lawn is a pretty stone cottage - sleeps seven.

    Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

    See breathtaking display of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias and plants from around the globe.

    National Gardens Scheme open day, 8 June, 10.30am–5pm
    Explore exotic plants, a walled garden and take in sea views from the Terrace.

    * A free guided tour will be available at 11.30am
    * All entry proceeds and any donations for the tour will go to the NGS

    Make a weekend of it: Stay in Nanceglos House, set on the boundary of the garden, with original features and even its own well - sleeps nine. 

    Wallington, Northumberland

    Surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland and parkland, Wallington is just waiting to be explored.

    Ask the gardener, 11 May, 12pm–4pm & 13 July, 12pm–4pm

    Ask Wallington’s head gardener for expert advice in the conservatory and buy some special plants to raise money for the National Garden Scheme.

    * Normal admission charges apply
    * For more information, please call 01670 774389