Tulips at Dyrham Park

Tulips in the spring at Dyrham Park

Each winter, the garden team at Dyrham Park plants thousands of bulbs ready for a spring bloom.

Springtime sees a vibrant display with tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, camassias and alliums popping up around the garden starting in February and some going on right into July.

This is no accident. In December, the garden team undertook the mammoth task of planting thousands of spring bulbs.

The planting included a vast array of carefully-selected tulips bulbs, which usually rear their heads in late April and are visible for a few weeks into May.

New planting scheme

In previous years, the tulips have been planted in the borders around the pools but have recently been a key feature of the long borders in the Avenue as well as Sphynx Court and in pots on the West Terrace and near the house. The pool borders will instead play host to camassias and alliums.

The tulips link in with the Dutch history of the house and founder William Blathwayt who worked in the Netherlands back in the 17th century.

Senior Gardener Deanne Lewis said: 'Every year our tulips and other bulbs offer a beautiful burst of spring colour in the garden.

‘Due to reduced staffing during lockdown, last year’s tulips were not lifted from the formal areas of the garden and added to the orchard as in previous years but the team still managed to plant over 4,000 tulips in the formal garden to ensure a full display.

'So though there may be slightly fewer tulips in the orchard this year, our daffodils, camassias and alliums are all naturalising and will still provide a beautiful display.’

Garden transformation

Inspired by the 17th-century Johannes Kip engraving, Dyrham Park gardeners are working on an ongoing project to transform the garden into a vibrant 21st-century garden with echoes of the past. The garden project also draws on examples from sites such as the gardens at Versailles in France and at Het Loo in the Netherlands.

More information on our garden project here.

When able to open, the shop will also have a great selection of tulip varieties to mirror the tulips out in the grounds. These will come from accredited suppliers from the south west.