Spring flowers and seasonal garden events

Celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of spring at one of our many seasonal flower events for 2018. Find out more about the blooms at our places, help us plant snowdrops or learn more about how to get the expert look in your own garden.

Looking for newts at Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank, Cumbria 

Herbaceous border plant sale, 23 March-6 April, 10am–5pm

Our gardeners have been busy tidying the herbaceous border over winter and dividing up the larger plants. The excess plants have been potted up and will be on sale, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a bargain for your own garden.

Great Wood Bluebells at Blickling 310517

Blickling, Norfolk 

Blue Festival, 19 April-26 May

To celebrate the bluebell season, we’re turning Blickling blue for a month. The house will be lit up in blue at night, and you can enjoy a guided bluebell walk through the estate on certain days, or treat yourself to a pot or two of booms from the plant centre to enjoy in your own garden. On the last day we’ll round off the festival with an afternoon of music in the garden.

Lady and little girl looking at purple flowers at Colby

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire 

Spring plant sale and gardeners’ Q&A, 20 May, 10am-4pm

Hidden away in a sheltered valley, Colby is a beautiful place to spend sun-filled spring days. Why not visit the walled garden for our spring plant sale and pick up a few specimens to brighten up your garden? There’ll also be a special Q&A session with Colby's gardeners so you can pick up some handy tips.

Children playing in front of the daffodils

Coughton Court, Warwickshire 

Daffodil Society National Show, 21 & 22 April, 12pm - 4pm

The Daffodil Society will be returning to Coughton Court for their National Show, with hundreds of exhibits, new varieties, and experts on hand to answer questions. See the rare Throckmorton daffodils in the award-winning family garden, designed by Christina Williams for her mother Clare McLaren-Throckmorton.

Hardwick Hall viewed from the herb garden

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 

Garden Propagation Tour, Thursdays between 8 Mar–5 Apr, 1pm-1.45pm

Take a wander through the greenhouses with our gardeners at Hardwick to see all the work they get up to during the spring months. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get some top tips for your own garden too.

Families exploring the spring flowers in the walled garden

Scotney Castle, Kent 

Betty’s Flower Festival, 21–29 April, 11am–4pm

Betty Hussey was the last resident of Scotney Castle, and her knowledge of the garden was legendary. Come along to help us celebrate her legacy at our flower festival, which this year is themed around baskets and bouquets. See the house decorated with floral displays created by our staff and volunteers, step out into the picturesque gardens and unwind among the bright spring blooms.