Spring garden in bloom at Clandon Park
Join us this spring, from Saturday 4 March, as we reopen our garden for 2017. For the first time in two years you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent sight of a traditional Clandon springtime with thousands upon thousands of daffodils bursting into bloom.
Planted from the 1890s by passionate horticulturist William the 4th Earl of Onslow, the garden is the result of his many trips overseas. The daffodils in particular are considered to be one of the best pre-1930s collections in the country.
Such is the spectacle famous publications were once drawn to visit. The Garden magazine, in its Spring Flowers at Clandon Park feature in 1913, commented that it was a ‘…magnificent sight…a wide expanse of well-timbered parkland which was aglow with Daffodil’.
We’re thrilled that the 4th Earl’s gardening diary survives and provides an insight into the extent of his passion. An entry from 1904 tells us that 3000 bulbs were planted. Alongside the daffodils, irises, poppies and lilies also emerge through the sea of yellow to add colour and depth.
New for this year, look out for a pictorial trail which will guide you through the garden, using historic images to whisk you back in time. Showing the house and garden through the years, these images demonstrate how this remarkable building and its surrounding gardens have changed according to the tastes of the people who passed through them.
You can visit us every Saturday and Sunday from March 4 until April 2, from 10am until 5pm. You’ll be able to visit the gardens without needing to book; tickets will be available for £2.70 for adults, £1.35 for children (under 5s free) and £6.75 for families (2 adults, 2children). Entry is free of charge for National Trust members.
Amenities onsite are still limited following the fire in 2015, but essential refreshments and toilet facilities will be available. The garden is partly accessible, with limited access for pushchairs and wheelchairs due to the lack of hard paths. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the garden.
We don’t know what the weather will bring, but we can promise you shady trees, sheltered spots and fresh air, as well as our glorious, glowing garden. So gather up the whole family and enjoy the space and tranquillity of Clandon Park’s springtime splendour.