Spring gardens in and around East Sussex

The arrival of bright spring colour signals a step-change from chilly days to brilliant shades at our places in and around East Sussex. Don’t miss pots of spring bulbs popping up at Bateman's, iconic daffodils at Smallhythe Place or Sissinghurst Castle Garden’s world famous cottage garden ablaze with spring flowers. Every time you visit you help us plant bulbs for next year.

The orchard in spring is carpeted in daffodils

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Spring sees the start of the early season bloom, particularly along the limewalk. Another sight not to miss is the orchard, which will be brimming with daffodils and crocuses.

Families exploring the spring flowers in the walled garden

Scotney Castle 

Stroll around 30 acres of garden with colourful displays of flowers and the castle’s reflection in the still moat. The parkland estate trail takes you through Wealden countryside where the first lambs of the season play in the fields.

Batemans Garden Spring


Find a carpet of snowdrops in the Wild Garden from early spring, shortly followed by colour from narcissi, scilllas and wood anemones. Look out for frogs and toads on the ponds too.

Smallhythe Place daffodils

Smallhythe Place 

Actress Ellen Terry called Smallhythe her “daffodilly farm” and it's easy to see why. The idyllic garden gem plays host to a carpet of the iconic yellow flowers in spring.