Gardens in bloom in the South West

Spring has come early this year and our gardens have shown record breadking numbers of flowers blooming. We've picked the best of the bunch.

Herbaceous planting in the Terrace garden at Castle Drogo, Devon

Spring gardens at Drogo 

A croquet lawn, rose garden and walled garden await at Castle Drogo as spring starts to bloom. Don’t miss the Bunty House for young explorers and the Luncheon House for grown ups.

Barrington Court estate, Somerset

Spring gardens at Barrington Court, Somerset 

At Barrington Court, Somerset, you'll find old orchards filled with blossom.

Azaleas and rhododendron with the wooden bridge near the pond at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

Trengwainton, Cornwall

Traditionally known as the National Trust’s earliest flowering spring garden, there are breath-taking displays of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias throughout spring at Trengwainton. Follow winding, wooded paths, find picnic spots by the stream or sit in quiet corners and breathe in the peace of this special place.

The dairy cafe with a magnolia behind

Garden news

Many people think that winter is a quiet time for gardens and gardeners. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Temple of Apollo reflected in the lake at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead, Wiltshire 

With temples, follies and grottos set around the lake against a backdrop of beautiful natural scenery, Stourhead makes for a special day out at any time of year.

Montacute House surrounded by buttercups

Montacute House 

Montacute is a fantastic place to play and have adventures, with open parkland, woods, events and activities for all to enjoy. In the early summer sunshine the house glistens in all its Elizabethan glory.

Young cygnets at Prior Park

Spring wildlife

The garden is teeming with life in spring. Discover what you might spot on a visit to Prior Park.

The gardens are in full spring bloom at Hidcote

Hidcote, Gloucestershire 

Experience the richness and diversity of plants from around the world at Hidcote. Enjoy drifts of narcissus and later aquilegias and Welsh poppies in the Pillar Garden, the blossom-filled orchard blooming with wild flowers and magnificent magnolias filling the skies with a warm pink glow.