Spring in the garden at Uppark

As the winter chill begins to fade away and the days grow longer, the welcome arrival of spring gives visitors plenty to look forward to at Uppark. Our garden and woodland is bursting with life from the spring bulbs in the garden to the local hares which can sometimes be seen first thing in the morning hopping around the South Meadow.

Spring sees the return of some of the nation’s favourite delicate flowers including Cowslips, Siberian Squall and Snowdrops. Many of these can be seen as you walk from Visitor Reception to the Golden Gate and give a great welcome to everyone visiting us.

Discover delicate flowers in our garden this spring
Close up of Cowslip flowers at Uppark, West Sussex
Discover delicate flowers in our garden this spring

As the weather warms, the trees begin to spring to life. Not to be missed this time of year is the handkerchief tree, so named because the ‘bracts’ protecting the flowers look like white handkerchiefs. 

In the formal gardens you will also come across the Tulip tree, who’s leaves resemble tulip flowers. This is one to watch throughout the year as its vivid green leaves turn through yellow to bright orange in the Autumn.

Our trees are blooming into life this spring
Close up of Handkerchief Tree at Uppark, West Sussex
Our trees are blooming into life this spring
" It would appear presumptive of me to suggest any improvement or alteration to a place which possesses so many natural advantages as Uppark."
- Humphry Repton

The South Meadow is perfect for a short stroll to take in the landscape of the surrounding South Downs National Park. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for yellow rattle flowers and if you’re lucky, a hare might just cross your path.  

The delicate Yellow Rattle flower can be found in our South Meadow
Close up of Yellow Rattle flower in the meadow at Uppark, West Sussec
The delicate Yellow Rattle flower can be found in our South Meadow

Flowering in April, over 2000 highly scented Daffodil ‘Actaea’ have been planted along the grass bank near Visitor Reception. Daffodil ‘Ice Follies’  can also be found near the entrance to the garden.


Thanks to your support, our garden team were able to plant 8,000 spring bulbs throughout the Autumn so that we could enjoy beautiful spring colour this year. Your continued support will enable our teams to care for the garden and house for everyone to enjoy. 

Visit in the spring as our daffodils flower
Close up or white daffodils at a National Trust property
Visit in the spring as our daffodils flower