Plan your perfect Valentine's Day
From spending time together in the great outdoors to finding a floral backdrop to wow your loved one, you'll find everything you need for an extra special Valentine's Day at the places we look after.
From thoughtful gift ideas to romantic events and inspirational stories from history, here are our top tips for a memorable day.
What we get up to on Valentine's Day
Every Valentine's Day, we do an annual flower count in the south west, and 2020 will mark 15 years of this tradition. Gardeners and volunteers count the different species and varieties in bloom in their gardens, then we compare the results to previous years. In 2019, 2,352 plants bloomed across gardens we care for in the south west. For the fourth year running, Saltram had the highest amount recorded with 210 different plants in bloom.
‘Being in the garden this time of year really thrills me, the new season is beginning and there is so much to look forward to,' says Andrew Hunt, Kingston Lacy's Project Manager. 'Walking through the garden here at Kingston Lacy in the early morning when the grass is crisp really helps me relax and unwind. It's so peaceful with a few birds singing as the sun shines through.'