With the Easter bank holiday weekend fast approaching, (25th – 28th March) we can all cross our fingers for some bright spring weather, and the chance to get out and about in some of the regions finest gardens and landscapes.

Here’s a few ideas to get you started…

west green meadowWest Green House and Garden – Hartley Wintney, North Hants

This gem of a garden is tucked away in a corner of north Hampshire and boasts follies, water gardens, streams, meadows and a beautiful walled garden of herbaceous perennials, vegetables and fruit trees. The garden was brought back from a ruinous state by the internationally renowed garden designer Marilyn Abbott. Her eye for colour and planting combinations are a real inspiration for those seeking fresh ideas for their own gardens.

They have a newly renovated tea room and plenty of forthcoming events for all the family, not to mention a fine gift shop and free entrance for National Trust members.

west green springSunday March 27th

The Owl and the Easter Egg Hunt, 1 – 3pm

Search for the hidden owls in the lake field. For primary school age children only. Normal garden admission applies, no booking needed. A free Easter Egg for all participating children whilst stocks last.

West Green House is open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Mondays until October 30th, 11am to 4.30pm.

£8.00 adults, £4 children under 16. Free to National Trust members on presentation of  membership cards – please don’t forget to bring your card; children under 5 also have free entry. Guide dogs only.


National Garden Scheme – Gardens open over the Easter Weekend.

vann_garden_surrey_originalVann – Hambledon, Surrey, GU8 4EF

This English Heritage registered property has a garden that extends over 5 acres, including an original cottage garden, a yew walk, 1/4 acre pond and Gertrude Jekyll water garden. It’s at its best now, with a host of spring bulbs and fritillaries in bloom.

Opening for NGS: Monday 28 March (2 – 6pm).
Daily Tuesday 29 March to Sunday 3 April (10am – 6pm).
Monday 2 May (2 – 6pm).
Daily Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 8 May (10am – 6pm).
Daily Sunday 5 June to Saturday 11 June (10am – 6pm).
Admission £6.00, children free.
Home-made teas Mon 2 May only.


kew chocolateEaster at Kew – Chocolate Sensations, from 19th March to 10th April.

Easter has become synonymous with chocolate, so this Easter weekend Kew Gardens are celebrating and exploring the story behind chocolate and the remarkable cacao plant. There will be a Lindt chocolate bunny hunt, as well as workshops by Chocolution, (www.thechocolution.com) explaining how cacao beans are made into chocolate bars.

Admission to the Easter festival is included with day entry to the Gardens. Book online to save. Tickets are valid for entry into the Gardens on any one day within 30 days from selected date. Friends of Kew enter free. For more information click HERE.

For entry costs see the link HERE, and for opening times see the website link HERE.