Take time to admire spring blossom, whether this be from your window, down the street on your daily exercise or in your garden if you’re lucky enough to have it grow there. You can also learn more about how these floral wonders support wildlife.
Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.
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.
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?
Here's our pick of the most beautiful, tranquil, exciting and inspiring gardens in the South West to walk through as summer takes hold. Come sunshine or showers, these special places are filled with fresh air and tranquillity.
A walk through the countryside we look after in the South West in April and May is often rewarded with carpets of bluebells. Here are some of the highlights from spring 2021 and don't forget to check back here nearer the time to find out how the bluebell season is shaping up for 2022.