It’s still a couple of weeks away (6th March), but Mother’s day is not only a day to celebrate our Mums, but also the return of spring.

Several of the larger gardens throughout Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire will be hosting Mother’s Day events over the weekend of 5th and 6th March – here’s a round-up of some of the highlights.

West Dean Gardens – West Sussex

west dean in marchThese beautiful gardens have a bright and breezy show of spring bulbs, and are open from 9am – 5pm on Mothering Sunday. The river Lavant flows through these award winning gardens, and there is also a 300ft pergola, a sunken garden, mixed borders, glasshouses and a walled kitchen garden.west dean riven in spring

Adult entry is £8.50, but Mums enter for free on Mother’s Day and receive a complimentary bunch of daffodils. Children also gain free entry and there’s a great cafe and shop onsite, too.

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Uppark House & Garden, Petersfield

uppark houseThis tranquil National Trust property is set in the South Downs National Park, and though the garden is currently being renovated, the team are adding colour, scented plants and seasonal interest for the coming months. There are also woodland walks to enjoy, and a free bunch of daffodils for Mum.

10am – 4pm, Sunday 6th March

Adult £10, child £5.00, family £25.00

South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR

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Leith Hill Place – Surrey Hills

Leith Hill Place, Dorking, Surrey The country house was built c1600, and was the childhood home of the composer Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams in the twentieth century. He donated the house and its grounds to The National Trust in 1944.This is the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who penned some of the most beautiful classical music of the 20th century, inspired by the British countryside. There are also fine walks around the wooded estate.

Mums and Grandmothers gain free entry on Sunday 6th March between 11am – 5pm, (upto 2 free entries per group). There are trails to follow around the house, and you can also borrow croquet sets to use in the garden.

Leith Hill Lane , Leith Hill, Surrey, RH5 6LY

Adult £5.00, child £2.50