Late spring in the gardens at Upton

White tulips and orange flowers with trees and wall behind

The garden comes alive with colour during spring. As you explore through the season, you'll find yellow daffodils in the orchard, a variety of coloured tulips on the terraces and in the formal gardens at the bottom of the stone staircase.

Tulips on the terraces and formal gardens

Bursting into life in April are the Upton Tulips, each year we plant different varieties and colours. This year the strong colour of purples and reds by the house are great first impression. In Lady Bearsted's garden at the bottom of ths stone steps you'll see; Red Georgette – deep cardinal red; Flaming club – ivory white/red flame; Weisse Berliner – ivory white; Muriel – deep burgundy; Dream Touch – deep raspberry.

This lovely tulip in Lady Bearsted's garden, in ivory white and red flame, is called Flaming Club
colourful tulips

Special garden features

The grand stone staircars offers great views over the terraced gardens. Take a moment to admire the stonework and take in the views. This was designed by the architect Percy Morley Horder who also designed the renovation of the house shortly after it was purchased by Lord Bearsted in 1927. You'll also find a much later addition, the fashionable swimming pool, one of Lord Bearsed final additions to the gardens at Upton in 1936.

From the stone steps you can wander along the terraces and explore the gardens
View over the garden from the stone staircase

Plant your own spring displays

Tulips are one of the most versatile of all spring bulbs and will thrive in almost any position and type of soil where reasonable drainage is provided. From careful selection they can provide colour from as early as February until late May. Planting should take place between October and December and by following the simple rule of planting bulbs at twice their depth and of course the right way up! You should be guaranteed a wonderful display in the spring.

Can’t wait until next year?

A selection of the tulips showcased in the garden is available to buy at Upton Stores shop when you visit. In bloom and ready to enjoy at home.

Conservation of the Mirror Pool

The clay lining of the pool was put in before the 1930s and over the years has gradually worn away. The water has now penetrated the thin lining of clay resulting in several leaks. To enable us to carry out any repairs a site survey will need to be undertaken followed by a programme of works; before we take on the major task of any repairs.

Significant work took place in 2017 to restore the reflections in the Mirror Pool
View of yellow digger working in pond

Conservation work is at the heart of what we do

To enable us to conserve this delicate garden we need to be able to manage the greater numbers of people visiting in our twelve month opening period, which can be very challenging at times. Part of that management scheme which has been carefully thought through is to rotate the garden areas as they come into season; for example throughout the winter and into early spring we enable visitors to follow the spring bulbs.  Walking on hard pathways, with other areas being viewed from a distance to show of the structure of the plants. This will be followed by the first early herbaceous border coming into flower and other areas will open as the year goes on.

Looking through binoculars at view

Stride out for great views and a taste of history

Choose from one of these scenic walks and make the most of your day by exploring the surrounding countryside.