Get involved in the South West flower count survey

Child looking at a flower in Trerice, Cornwall

Signifying the start of spring, colourful flowers are a welcome sign of the longer, warmer days to come.

Every year around this time, we do a Valentine’s Day flower count. Our gardeners count up the number of blooms in gardens we look after in the South West.
 
This gives us an indicator of what gardens are going to look like throughout the year.
 
It also allows us to compare with previous years and see trends. From this we can build a picture of how spring flowers are affected by climate change.
 

We need your help

As well as our gardeners counting blooms in the places we care for, we want to know what’s happening near you. 
 
We’ve put together a short survey so you can tell us what flowers are blooming in your garden or local park and what your favourite spring flower is. Last year, the snowdrop was voted the favourite.
Ian Wright, National Trust Gardens Advisor in the South West said: ‘Building on the success last year and for the second year running we’ve asked our supporters to get involved in our very own blooming garden watch and tell us what they have in flower in their garden, we’re hoping this becomes an annual spring must do.'
 

Visit a garden

All around the South West there are places to see spectacular spring flowers. Here's just a few:
 
  • Kingston Lacy is home to so many snowdrops that you can walk through the 40 acre garden for one and a half miles admiring them
  • Carpets of crocuses cover the abbey garden at Lacock
  • Greenway's romantic woodland garden is renowned for its spring flowers - from camellias to rhododendrons, as well as swathes of spring bulbs
  • Follow in the footsteps of the gardener doing the flower count at Killerton to see a wide range of spring blooms 
  • The garden at Trelissick has lots of interest all year round, especially spring