A garden to relax in at Buckland Abbey
With the weather starting to change and spring flowers starting to bloom, now is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the gardens at Buckland.
From beds of colourful tulips to delicate blossom, the gardens are finally waking up after their winter sleep.
Top garden highlights this Spring
Gardens are often one of the first places to show the changing of the seasons, and spring is no exception. March may still feel frosty, but outside you’ll find tender green shoots breaking through the earth. Before long blossom and blooms make an appearance, creating pockets of colour and fragrance that never fail to lift the spirits.
1. Buckland Blossom
Spring is the perfect time to walk among blossom and see the ornamental Magnolia trees in bloom. Magnolia blossom is one of nature’s show-stoppers, createing a magical effect as it flutters like snow to the ground.
The gardens at Buckland are perfect for spotting signs of Spring, with many of the gardens dating back to the 15th and 16th Century. And at this time of year the trees are covered in pink-tinged apple blossom, with frothy white cow parsley blooming in the grass underneath.
There are lots of varieties of blossom all around the gardens at Buckland, including many heritage varieties.
2. Cider House crocuses are starting to bloom
Purple and white crocuses are starting to bloom all around the Cider House garden. This is a lovely quiet spot with amazing views towards the woodlands and it is also a great picnic spot!
Heading around to the Elizabethan garden - a riot of colour, especially in the summer months - you'll see a garden design typical of that which Grenville and Drake may have had in the Tudor era.
3. Wisteria around the Abbey and Cider House.
Certainly one not to miss are the carpets of thick wisteria in the Cider House and Abbey gardens, which have spectacular displays of these purple flowers throughout Spring.
5. Pink and red blooms
Spring offers the chance to see the gardens coming to life with vibrant colours. The Camelias and their showy flowers come in whites, pinks and reds and appear early in Spring; a time when not much else is flowering and displaying colour.
Bringing your dog to Buckland Abbey
We would ask that you do not bring your dog into the formal garden, but four-legged friends are more than welcome on any of the estate walks.