Hardwick gardens in spring

Family in the orchard surrounded by daffodils

After the foggy mornings and dark evenings of January visitors can enjoy the beginnings of spring as life returns to the Hardwick gardens. Work never stops on the gardens and the team have been working hard all winter to ensure that this spring is a wonderful one.

There are bulbs a plenty appearing within the new stumpery. Thousands of bulbs were planted in spring 2014 and the fruits of the garden team’s labour are blooming wonderfully. Jewel colours iris crown the lush green ferns that appear out of the architectural stumps.

Bearded iris in April
Close-up of bearded iris flower

Beyond the gardens visitors can enjoy a stroll around the Oak Walk and see the beautiful carpets of bluebells in Lodge Wood. You can also spot the quintessential sight of spring when the lambs are spotted leaping in the Wine Glass.

Enjoy far reaching views accross the Derbyshire landscape from Hardwick park
Hardwick ponds and park in the summer

Returning to the garden the vegetable plot preparation is well underway and you can spot the team of volunteers who tend the plot beavering away. Later in the year the vegetable plot and the greenhouses provide the Great Barn Restaurant with an abundance of salad vegetables, potatoes and edible flowers.