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 in to life around Sudbury’s historic trees.

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. The garden team here at Sudbury have been busy planting even more bulbs over autumn and winter, 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 in 2017 we've added 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 days in 2018, we've planted a mixture of over three hundred native shrubs and trees. Species include Hawthorn, Oak, Wild Privet and Viburnum. We hope that 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 to life and there's something pretty 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 in to 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