Spring gardens and countryside to visit in Surrey

Under cover of winter, our garden and countryside teams have been preparing the ground for the moment when nature awakens. Resolute bulbs have thrust shoots into the light and are ready to erupt into a bold, bright cheer for spring. Come and see them. It’s a glorious thank you for your support, which allows us to maintain field edges for wildlife and woodlands for walkers and nature habitat. Make the most of the season in the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills and in the gardens at Polesden Lacey. Enjoy daffodills and magnolias, followed by bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons at Winkworth Arboretum; daffodills at Claremont Landscape Garden and rhododendrons and bluebells at Leith Hill.

A view of the front of Polesden Lacey with daffodills

Polesden Lacey 

Despite the frost that glitters on the south lawn here at Polesden Lacey, the days are getting longer and it’s the flowers that herald the arrival of spring in the garden. This seasonal guide outlines the best places to catch snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells in our gardens at Polesden Lacey and the wider estate.

Family walking through daffodils at Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park 

Shrug off the haze of winter and embrace the changing seasons with a springtime wander through our park. Discover all of our seasonal highlights from daffodils to blossoms.

Visitors look at a magnolia tree at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey 

Winkworth really comes to life in spring, with the magnolia blooms joined by cherry blossom and drifts of bluebells. The azalea walk is a mass of colour at the end of April, lining the path to the boathouse which overlooks the lake.

Bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum

From late April to early May a beautiful carpet of bluebells covers the arboretum floor while perfuming the woodland air with their faint, honey scent. They thrive in the dappled sunlight of the coppiced areas at Winkworth. Alongside bluebells, you'll find magnolias and cherry blossom.

Rhododendron and Azalea in Rhododendron Wood Leith Hill

Leith Hill rhododendron wood 

Spring time shades and heavenly scents. The Rhododendron Wood, with its bold and blowsy springtime display, forms part of the larger Leith Hill estate which is looked after by our rangers and volunteers. See the flowers in late April to early May.