Spring through the lens at Stowe
Move out of the way winter and put a spring in your step with bright days reflecting rays across the glittering lakes, the chatter of birdsong filling the air and crisp breezes that take your breath away on refreshing walks in the gardens.
Stowe comes to life in spring, from the thousands of bulbs shooting through to bloom to the countless young animals being born, there's lots to enjoy on a spring saunter in the gardens. It's the season to be brave and throw aside the winter coat and embrace April showers - no matter what month it is. We'll be open daily from 10am-5pm this spring to make time for sharing the season with family.
Over the past two years we've hosted the Big Bulb Pant event. Altogether, a whopping 338,200 bulbs were planted – some of which now can be enjoyed.
Here are just a few spring blooms to encourage your curiosity and look out for:
As you stroll down the historic entrance to the gardens, look to the outer paths for a new meadow of bluebells. The best ones can be found in the dell opposite the Sleeping Wood
Scilla bloom up by the Grotto within the Elysian Fields, famously designed by artist, architect and landscape gardener William Kent
Turk’s Head Tulips are an eighteenth-century spring bulb and can be found by the Temple of Concord and Victory
Old varieties of daffodils look splendid between Grenville’s Column and Stowe House
Discover Wood and Blue anemones in the Sleeping Wood
Snakeshead fritillaries were added to existing spots down Gurnet's Walk by the sleeping wood. This'll make a rare delicate meadow as often this flower pops up in lonely occurrences
A bright display of Tulips will surround the Chinese House
Captured on camera
Memories of childhood
Forget-me-nots have had so many meanings through time, from Greek legends to a medieval representation of faithfulness.
Look out for the mighty impressive Crown Imperial flowers as you walk from the Elysian Fields up towards the Temple of Concord and Victory.
A new variety
The Stowe Rose is a unique variety found at the front of the New Inn visitor centre. Tight pink buds open up to a white old English rose, it blooms late spring to early summer.
Blooming across the Elysian Fields
The Daffodils will start to pop up amongst the 'Stowedrops' in the Elysian Fields between Grenville's Column and Stowe House.
Something to melt your heart
Spot many goslings along the lake sides in the gardens. Did you know less than 24 hours after hatching, they'll be led to water by their parents to learn how to swim. The goslings can dive 30-40 feet underwater by the time they are one day old.
Snakeshead fritilaries are delicate drop flowers. Look out for these mostly lonesome fellows in May.
Keep your eyes peeled for birds at Stowe, particularly Blue tits around the New Inn.
Watch newborn lambs bounce and spring across the Hawkwell Field by the Palladian Bridge and Gothic Temple. They'll head down to the side of the Eleven Acre Lake for a drink too.
Pretty as a picture
Martagon lilies create a bell shape with their petals curling in on themselves.
Bright purple crocuses litter the Sleeping Wood at Stowe.
What wildlife could we see?
If you’ve got plenty of time to spare, try a walk in our parkland. With lots of open space to enjoy you may get to see the new arrivals amongst the sheep and long horn cattle. The views within the parkland open the wider landscape and will surprise you with views you may have never seen before of the temples.
Within the gardens the swans are on the Octagon and Eleven Acre Lakes. If you are lucky you will see last year’s signets with their tiny bit of remaining grey down. Baby animals are full of the joys of spring but are still vulnerable at this stage. Please consider this and enjoy the view from afar.
Walk along the winding paths and take in the monumental scale of the trees as they start bursting into life with fresh leaves. Carefully crafted views frame the monuments and provide glimpses of the lakes as you meander through the gardens. When you least expect it, they'll be a sudden burst of blossom! Tree species are interspersed to create light and shade at Stowe, unlike formal gardens where you might see an en masse of colour. These selected bursts of a singular moment allow you to enjoy the spectacle of the season against the backdrop of the temples. Keep an eye out on our social media channels and share your photos of blossom watch.
Visit the shop to discover some of the latest spring products to lighten the mood as winter recedes. If you're inspired by the gardens or fall in love with what you see on your visit, you'll find our plant sales benches stocked with our favourite flowers that you see at Stowe. Now every time you look at your garden, you'll have a memory to make you smile.
Family activities this spring
Get the kids outdoors with acres of space to play and stretch their legs. Adventures await your family with so much to discover whatever their age from the temples, lakes, wildlife and fun activities.
Spring has sprung and it's time to get outdoors with your family over Easter. Enjoy walks in the garden to see the vibrant colours returning to the trees, see new born lambs bouncing and get stuck into a wide range of fun activities available throughout the school holidays whatever the weather.
Discover signs of spring with this guide of garden highlights and walk. From Martagon lilies to delicate Turks' head tulips, you'll find them on a warming spring walk at Stowe.