Fill your senses with spring
Rufford Old Hall’s formal gardens are a place to relax and unwind as the scents of spring awaken the senses.
A range of Daffodils saluting the sun in the warm spring air welcome you as you arrive. In the woodland and Beech Walk there are Bluebells nodding their delicate heads, creating a stunning carpet of blue. Don’t miss the dainty yellow flowers of the ‘Lesser Celandine’ (also known as Ficaria verna) in the woodland.
" ‘When the Lesser Celandine starts to bloom it is one of the true signs of spring. It erupts into a carpet of yellow – it’s just gorgeous!’ "
This small flower is known as being a particular favourite of the poet William Wordsworth. So much so, it was suggested following the poet’s death that a Celandine ought to be carved on his grave.
The garden is alive with hidden features such as an orchard with old varieties of apples and pears. There is a walled rose garden as well an impressive shrub and herbaceous border with exquisite topiary. But a particular highlight during the spring is the early blooms of the Rhododendrons.
Tours and more
There are daily outdoor talks. A gardener is always happy to help with any questions you may have about the history or maintenance of this special place.