Spring in the gardens at Clumber Park

Girl walks through daffodils

With lighter evenings and longer days, there are plenty of signs around Clumber Park that spring has finally sprung.

The Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and witness the beautiful colours and new life of spring up close.

The first signs of spring appear in the glasshouse. The peach and nectarine trees flower in February and March, before pollinating insects are about.

The glasshouse in Clumber Park's Walled Kitchen Garden
The Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park
The glasshouse in Clumber Park's Walled Kitchen Garden

The Pleasure Grounds transform throughout spring, with daffodils painting the flower beds and woodlands yellow. Hyacinths appear too, providing a beautiful scent across the park.

Walk along Cedar Avenue and see the view transformed, as the 80,000 bulbs planted during our Big Bulb Plant spring into life.

Charlotte and Hugo from Harris Bugg Studio help plant some of our 80,000 spring bulbs
The Big Bulb Plant at Clumber Park
Charlotte and Hugo from Harris Bugg Studio help plant some of our 80,000 spring bulbs

The list of March jobs for the team of staff and volunteers is a long one and includes fruit trees to prune, vegetable beds to manure and rotovate, clumps of herbaceous perennials to lift and divide and beds to cover with a mulch, which will help keep weeds in check and retain moisture if the summer is hot and dry. 

Our team is never too busy to stop for a chat though; feel free to approach them for gardening advice or to ask what they're up to - from a distance, of course!

National Rhubarb Collection

It's also an exciting time in March as the earliest varieties in Clumber’s National Rhubarb Collection will be showing above ground. ‘Early Victoria’, Holstein Blut’ and ‘Grandad’s Favourite’ are the first to show; their stalks ready for their first harvest in April and always prove to be delicious.

The National Rhubarb Collection is at Clumber Park
The National Rhubarb Collection is at Clumber Park
The National Rhubarb Collection is at Clumber Park

April sees the tulips in the herbaceous borders in the garden coming into bloom and, towards the end of the month, the apple blossom produces a beautiful spectacle in pinks and white.

Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden
Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden
Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden