Spring garden in bloom at Clandon Park
Join us this spring, from Saturday 3 March, as we reopen our garden for 2018. You’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent sight of a traditional Clandon springtime with thousands of daffodils bursting into bloom.
Planted from the 1890s by passionate horticulturist William, 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. 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 featuring over 22 varieties of daffodil. Irises, poppies and lilies also emerge through the sea of yellow adding colour and depth.
Look out for a pictorial trail which will guide you through the garden, using historic images to whisk you back in time. Showcasing the house and garden through the years, these images display parallel points of view allowing you to compare past and present perspectives. You'll see the changes through the years defined by the tastes of the people who made their mark here.
You can visit us every Saturday and Sunday from 3 until 25 March, from 10am until 5pm. Tickets will be available for £5 for adults, £2.50 for children (under 5s free) and £12.50 for families (2 adults, 2children). Entry is free of charge for National Trust members. From Thursday 29 March you’ll once again be able to journey inside the house along the purpose built walkway. Later in the year we’ll be opening up some additional spaces that haven't been accessible to the public since the fire.
Amenities onsite are still limited following the fire in 2015, but 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.