Spring gardens at Sudbury Hall

bluebells with the hall in the background

The modest grounds at Sudbury have a lot to offer this Spring. Look no further than the lawns for delicate Spring flowers beneath the trees and bird life around the lake. Over the Autumn and Winter months our garden team have been hard at work preparing the gardens for the most colourful Spring yet.

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

After the long and chilly winter months it's safe to say we're not the only ones looking forward to Spring really taking hold, even more so this year! Our gardening team here at Sudbury were very busy throughout the autumn, planting well over 800 fragranced daffodils beneath the trees on the approach to the Hall - varieties include 'St.Keverne' and the lovely yellow and white 'Fragrant Breeze'.
 

Look beneath the trees for Spring flowers
spring flowers at Sudbury Hall
Look beneath the trees for Spring flowers

We've also added some new bulb varieties into the mix to add an additional splash of colour. Look out for delicate crocuses with their vivid shades of purple, subtle snowdrops and for the first time in years, tulips - we've planted 'Yellow Crown' a tulip variety bought by George Vernon in the 17th Century. There will then be the long awaited appearance of seemingly everyone's favourite, the bluebells. 

A busy Autumn will hopefully mean a colourful Spring!
Gardener Sophie planting bulbs back in the Autumn
A busy Autumn will hopefully mean a colourful Spring!

New Beds!

Since the completion of our extended car park in 2017 we've added additional planting areas along the path between the car park and the Hall. Thanks to the help of regular volunteers, staff and those who joined us for our visiteering day, we've planted a mixture of over three hundred native shrubs and trees. Species include Hawthorn, Wild Privet and Viburnum. We hope that as they mature they'll make the walk more enjoyable and provide important habitat for birds and wildlife.

Just some of the amazing volunteers who came to help us get ready for Spring opening
Volunteers helping us plant trees and shrubs
Just some of the amazing volunteers who came to help us get ready for Spring opening