April. Warmth fills the air, the forest floors come alive and trees are finally changing from stark to soft green as the very first leaves unfurl. Wildlife is abundant, and bees start to emerge looking for nectar. It’s a beautiful time of year for gardening, and a fabulous time to get outdoors and visit the myriad of Stately Homes and equally wonderful NGS gardens opening their gates to the public. Get ready to be inspired….
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens- Kent- Bluebell & Wildflower Guided Walk, Friday 26th April. 1400-1600- £12 per Adult, inclusive of Cream Tea in Estate Cafe
Sissinghurst is world famous for its beauty and design. Created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, who fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a horticultural legacy. From rolling pastures to forest and the famous ‘White Garden’ there truly is something for everyone, including activities during the Easter break to keep the little ones happy while you stroll around the grounds. The National Trust property have organised a Bluebell & Wildflower Walk with an estate ranger, who can guide you through these stunning woodlands, pointing out native flowers that may have normally passed you by. Expect stunning downland views, carpets of bluebells and tranquility. Just another reason to visit this stunning garden this April…https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/033817cd-a470-4829-9dad-2003edf3e0c2/pages/details
Spring Fling Plant Fair, Great Comp, Kent- 11am-5pm- April 14th- Adult £8.50
Over the years Great Comp has gained a reputation among gardeners and plant hunters as one of Kent’s finest spring gardens. Their annual Spring Fling plant show will feature specialist and award-winning nurseries from across the South of England keen to showcase the wealth and colour of plants available at this time of the year.
Swanmore Open Gardens, Fareham, Hampshire-Sat/ Sun 27th & 28th April- 1-5pm- £6 per adult plus two free accompanied under 15
The village of Swanmore, near Fareham in Hampshire, will once again open for visitors under the NGS. In total eight gardens will be available to visit over the weekend of the 27/ 28th April.
The gardens vary from small intimate village gardens, to large country house gardens. In addition to old favourites, there are one or two that have not opened recently and all have changed as the years have passed, so there will be something new to see for regular visitors to the village.
Most of the gardens are within easy walking distance of the start/finish point outside the Paterson Centre in Swanmore. A free shuttle bus service will be provided courtesy of Meon Valley Lions Club. Teas, coffees and homemade cakes will be available from the Paterson Centre. There will also be plants for sale and a plant creche, to avoid the need to carry them around – just give them to the minibus driver and collect them from The Paterson Centre. Proceeds will be shared between St. Barnabas, Rowans and Bishops Waltham Food Bank.
Parham House & Gardens, Easter Opening- West Sussex- Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April 2019
10:30am – 5:00pm- Booking Recommended- Click Here For Tickets
The stunning gardens of Parham consist of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden, also boasting wonderful herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House, not to mention one of the country,s finest Elizabethan houses, which is accessible for a small fee in addition to the garden ticket, and is highly recommended.
Spring bulbs and tulips adorn the garden at Easter, whilst lilies, roses and lupins carry the summer to a crescendo of autumnal colour, and especially for Easter Opening weekend, visitors can enjoy a garden trail, face painting, craft activities and storytelling, there is something for everyone. Or if tranquility is your thing, escape to the many walled gardens and hidden corners of this wonderful estate.
Guests can also take away their own little piece of Parham horticulture from the Garden Shop and Nursery with over 220 herbaceous perennials on sale, grown and hand tended on site by the garden team. Members of the garden team are also available with gardening advice and to answer any questions.
Loseley Park Spring Garden Show – Friday 26th-/ Sat 27th/ 10am-5pm- Sunday 28th April – 10am-4pm- Adults £3.50
Once again the popular Spring Garden Show at Loseley Park will be opening it’s doors to visitors, who will get to browse the beautifully tended kitchen and walled gardens of the estate whilst shopping for the perfect garden treasure. Plant sales, garden stalls and bygones, garden equipment and furniture, driftwood sculpture, decorative house furnishings, food stalls and a chance to preview spectacular Spring bedding displays before Parham opens for the season. All set against the stunning backdrop of Loseley House. It’s not one to miss!