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Traditional orchards provide a perfect home for many birds, bees and insects but worryingly their number is in sharp decline. We’re determined to do what we can to preserve and protect this rare and valuable habitat and the wildlife that depends on it.
A leisurely stroll along lilac walk around the outside of the walled garden at Antony will take you to see the fan trained pears. They are growing against the old kitchen garden wall and are in full bloom at this time of year.
Cherry blossom is a sure sign that spring has arrived in the garden at Kingston Lacy. Nature's own confetti, nothing lifts the spirits quite like the simple beauty of pink or white petals adorning the cherry trees in the Japanese Garden in the springtime.
As we spot the delicate blossom arrive this spring, we're reminded of the comfort we take in nature. Greenway's woodland garden is home to hawthorn and in the walled gardens you'll find fruit trees all bursting into blossom.
With the arrival of warmer days comes the extravagant display of cherry blossom trees at Coleton Fishacre, and we are reminded that in an ever-changing world, nature will always be a source of comfort for many of us.
Each spring, delicate blossom appears on the pear trees in the garden, and Nichol's perry pear orchard on the south side of the garden is a site to behold. The blossom is a sign of hope for a plentiful harvest later on in the year.
At Snowshill, wander through the orchard where drifts of bright daffodils nod their cheery heads in the breeze. The fruit trees, cloaked in their spring clouds of snowy blossom, are a joy for visitors and bees alike.
Blossom is one of the first signs that spring is well and truly on the way. Throughout March the pastel pinks of the showy and fragrant magnolia blooms litter the landscape followed by a magnificent display of rhododendron and azalea blossom from April through to June. These jubilant blooms fill garden with their tones of buttery yellows, purples and every imaginable shade of pink.
Little is known of the history of Lacock's gardens in the monastic period other than the existence of an orchard, which thrives to this day. Now is the time for that ancient sign of spring – apple blossom. The peaceful orchard is looking glorious, so why not come for a stroll among the blossoms?
Visit the new cherry orchard at Lytes Cary to see the young trees full of white and pink blossom. A walk out on the estate is always worthwhile too, where the blackthorn, hawthorn and cherry plum trees along the White Walk will be flowering.
Visit the orchard at Barrington Court where gnarled trees rediscover their youth every spring in a glorious display of blossom. Barrington Court may be famous for its apples, but there are plenty of other fruit trees that welcome spring: quince, pear and medlars add to the magnificence.
Here's our pick of the most tranquil, exciting and inspiring gardens in the South West to visit this summer. Make the most of warm sunny days and enjoy the scent of garden flowers as the summer haze descends on the places we look after.