The beautiful and unique Walled Tudor Garden at Penshurst House

May is here and beautiful lime greens, whites and purple dominate the natural colour palette. The weather may not be perfect for gardening at the moment, but the landscape is gloriously green and the flowers are putting on a beautiful show for us, despite the low temperatures. The mercury is set to rise in the coming weeks though, making the perfect excuse to visit one of these wonderful garden events in your area and beyond….

Penshurst Place, Tonbridge, Kent- Mini Beast Hunt- 26-27th May- 11-5pm- Standard Entrance £12- Child- £6.50

Stunning vistas at the beautiful Penshurst Place, Tonbridge

Steeped in history, and dating back to 1341,Penshurst Place has been home to the Sidney family for generations, and is host to some of the finest formal gardens in the county, let alone numerous Hollywood film crews, where the manor has played its part in many a film and costume drama. Featuring an Italian Garden, plus walled Tudor Garden, this stately home truly is not one to miss. On the 26/27th May, the gardens will also be putting on a fabulous event for the family- a great mini beast hunt! Discover the insects that live with the walls of the formal gardens with a hands-on masterclass with the Kent Wildlife Trust, who’ll teach you the best places to find our wonderful native species of beetles, bugs and insects, and how to attract more wildlife to your own gardens. Educational and fun equals the perfect day out!

Planting for Sustainability -RHS Wisley, Woking, Surrey- 11th May- 10.30-1pm- Members £56/ Non Members £70

Talking planting choices for a more sustainable future…

A fascinating workshop seemingly more relevant than ever, Peter Thurman ( landscape designer and Environmental consultant) explores specialist approaches to planting design in which sustainibilty is at the heart. Peter will explore ways in which we can achieve success, with plant choices and more, when climate change and maintenance requirements challenge the longevity of our planting designs. A truly eye opening and important workshop for our times.

Spring at Exbury Gardens & Miniature Railway, Southampton, Hampshire- Mon- Sun 10.00-5.30pm- For Ticket Prices and purchasing see here

The stunning Exbury Gardens, near Southampton in all their glory

It’s rare that you find a garden with so many factors and attractions such as Exbury. Stunning displays of azaleas, rhododendrons and rare shrubs and trees, paired with its Beaulieu River edge location, on its 200 acre site, make it the perfect outing for a spring day. If you happen to get weary from wandering the many garden paths, you can take a ride on the fabulous miniature steam train, which winds its way through acres of peaceful gardens, giving the best views of one of the worlds largest rock gardens.

What better way to see the gardens than by a relaxing steam train ride?

Borde Hill Gardens Sculpture Trail- Haywards Heath, West Sussex- RHS Members Free- Standard Entry £9.50 Monday- Sunday 10-5pm

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Borde Hill’s wonderful sculpture trail, from May until September.

Towering kinetic wind art and mythological figures will transform the historic garden into a stunning outdoor gallery for a special 20th anniversary exhibition. The carefully selected sculptures will be placed throughout the 17-acre formal Garden, working in harmony with the renowned horticultural collection that has put Borde Hill on the map. Including over 80 pieces, the diverse display of figurative and abstract works will highlight fresh new talent, with some familiar names returning to be part of this special celebration of art. Don’t miss out on this incredible display of some of the worlds most talented sculptors in stunning surrounds.