Spring gardens at Calke Abbey

Daffodils on the auricula theatre at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Spring is a wonderful time to get outdoors and closer to nature. As Calke’s gardens start to bloom, take a peaceful wander around the walled kitchen gardeners and see the gardeners at work. The gardens are open every day from 10am to 5pm.

Spring colours start to bloom

As the snowdrops begin to fade, spring colours start to pop up around the gardens at Calke. Look out for the early crocus, delightful daffodils and grape hyacinth.

Inside the Peach Houses, the peaches and nectarines are starting to bloom. Why not take a peaceful stroll through the glass houses to soak up some spring sunshine? Wander through the orchard and spot the shy, drooping snakes-head fritillaries under the blossoming apples.

Spring flowers at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Spring flowers at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

As the weather warms through April, don’t miss the medley of colour in the Walled Gardens, where the borders will be bursting with tulips, wallflowers and forget-me-nots.

The auricula theatre at Calke

One of the hightlights in Calke’s fascinating gardens is the rare, surviving auricula theatre. In April, the theatre will be adorned with stunning auriculas – a must-see this season.