Buckland springs into colour

Bluebells in Great North Wood

Spring colours and beautiful blooms are now abundant around the garden and throughout the Buckland estate. To make sure you don't miss a thing, here's a handy guide to spring around the property.



Take a stroll into Great North Wood and you'll discover a sea of bluebells sweeping across the woodland floor. This year there will be a special seasonal walk opening through the woods temporarily to help you to see the display at its finest. We’re expecting the blooms to look at their best towards the beginning of May, and for the seasonal trail to open at the same time, but keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.

Wild garlic

A walk around the Buckland estate in the spring would not be complete without the sight and aroma of wild garlic within the woodlands and bordering Cot Lane.  During Buckland’s Cistercian era, monks often used the strong smell of wild garlic to scare moles away.


Known during the Elizabethan period as the chequered daffodil, various shades of this purple flower can be spotted in the Cider House garden.  Also known as leper lilies and lazarus bells, their bell-shaped heads resemble the bells once worn by lepers during the middle ages to announce their presence.


Dotted around the garden, many different specimens are now in full bloom – particularly in the Cider House and by the Abbey. 

Take a bit of spring home from Buckland's plant shop

Pop into Buckland Abbey’s shop before you go to pick up a plant or two for your garden. Our outdoors area, co-ordinated by volunteers, includes plants spotted around the estate. The shop is open daily from 10am – 5pm