Spring colour at Emmetts Garden

Emmetts Garden is renowned for its marvellous spring colour each year, so why not join us for some seasonal highlights including our English native bluebells.

What’s looking good?

As you travel the garden you will see an explosion of colour all around. Special highlights at this time of year include the tulips, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. The bluebells too are a special sight to behold, you can read more about them below.

We’ve created a special spring colour map especially for our visitors to help you discover the best of the gardens. Pick it up on arrival and use it along with our usual visitor map to make the most of your visit to us.

Please leave our special flowers where they are so that our other visitors can enjoy the views.


From approximately mid-April the floors of the woodland will be turned into a carpet of blue as the bluebells come into bloom. These delicate little flowers truly make a wonderful sight and are not to be missed on a visit to Emmetts Garden this spring.

We're expecting the best of the bluebells to be out until approximately 5 May 2017. Did you know every damaged bluebell takes 4-6 years to regrow? By sticking to the paths you can help save our English native bluebells.

Our woods are even a SSSI (site of special scientific interest) due to the English native bluebells that grow in them. This gives the bluebells a special protected status, making it illegal for people to pick them. As a SSSI, we can ensure our visitors enjoy the bluebells for years to come.

English native bluebells at Emmetts Garden
Bluebells in bloom at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Fun for families

Pop into our discovery cabin to uncover some bluebell themed activities including colouring in and making your own bluebell. You can hang your bluebells up for others to enjoy or take them home with you.

Don’t forget to explore our new wild play area. Play dress up in the tepee, balance on the beams and run around to your hearts delight.

The Old Stables will even be selling kid’s lunch boxes for when it’s time to restock the energy levels.

Gift Aid admission prices (spring colour season only - Mon 10 April - Fri 5 May)

Adult:     £11

Child:      £5.50

Family:  £27.50

National Trust members continue to receive free entry.

Emmetts Garden is renowned for its spring colour each year which attracts higher than normal visitor numbers. The impact that this increased footfall has on the garden and woodland is clear for all to see.

The funds raised from admission during the spring colour season will all go back to conservation at Emmetts Garden. The funds will support garden conservation, additional planting for 2018 and maintenance of the bluebell woodland.

This year, the garden team planted 10,000 violet dog wood, crocus, anemone and tulip bulbs to create the spring colour at Emmetts Garden.  This took three staff and 28 volunteers four weeks (that’s 800 hours) to plant. In addition, the team also prepared the bluebell woodland for our visitors by clearing debris, restoring paths and improving steps and access.