Spring gardens at Sudbury Hall

bluebells with the hall in the background

The gardens at Sudbury are vibrant in spring, with swathes of bluebells, daffodils, snowdrops and tulips bursting into life around Sudbury’s historic trees.

After the long winter months, we're looking forward to spring really taking hold this year. The garden team here at Sudbury have been busy planting new hedgerows and bulbs, including Chionodoxa luciliae, also known as ‘glory of the snow’. These have been planted around the Bay trees in the Stableyard and once established, will be one of the first bulbs to burst in to life.

Daffodils at Sudbury Hall
Daffodils by the lake with a view of Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire
Daffodils at Sudbury Hall

Connections with the past

It's not just inside the Hall that you'll be able to spot historical beauty. Take a walk around the grounds of Sudbury and you may be able to spot the stunning cultivated varieties of tulip. Tulipa ‘Yellow Crown’ is a tulip variety chosen by George Vernon himself for his own 17th century garden.

The regal Tulipa ‘Yellow Crown’ provides a connection to Sudbury’s horticultural past
A tulip at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire
The regal Tulipa ‘Yellow Crown’ provides a connection to Sudbury’s horticultural past

The car park walk

Since the completion of our extended car park, we've added planting areas along the path between the car park and the Hall. Thanks to the help of volunteers, staff and those who joined us for our visiteering days, we've planted a mixture of over three hundred native shrubs and trees. Species include Hawthorn, Oak, Wild Privet and Viburnum. As they mature they'll make the walk even more enjoyable and provide important habitat for birds and wildlife.

A few of the hard working volunteers who help to make Sudbury a beautiful place to visit
Volunteers helping us plant trees and shrubs
A few of the hard working volunteers who help to make Sudbury a beautiful place to visit

Colourful moments

The colours continue throughout the grounds at Sudbury. Spring is a time when our gardens truly come alive and there's new life around every corner. For keen photographers, it's the ideal time to capture the dynamic colours or see how many varieties of blooms you can spot. Witnessing the trees slowly coming into leaf is another highlight of the season. Amongst our spectacular trees is the purple beech, also known as the copper beech. With its new copper-bronze leaves set against the pale grey bark, this tree really is something special.

A hint of spring colour
new crocus shoots
A hint of spring colour

New beginnings

In January 2020 we embarked on an exciting journey to become the first Children's Country House. The gardens at Sudbury will form a large part of this project and we will be holding events througout the year to get your ideas on what you would like the Children's Country House garden to look and feel like. Keep an eye on our What's On page for ways you can get involved and follow #ChildrensCountryHouse