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FRIDAY, 4TH MARCH 2011
The Best Spring Gardens in the UK

daffodils - flckr - MuffetNothing says spring quite like the arrival of daffodils and tulips. Guaranteed to put the spring back in your step, a visit to a garden full of colour and new life is just what the doctor ordered. The UK is peppered with gardens and it’s hard to pick a favourite. To help you on our way, we’ve highlighted five of the best UK gardens to visit this spring.

 

 

 

Hever Castle - flckr - chelmsfordblueHever Castle – Kent
Voted the south-east’s most romantic garden, the gardens of this 14th century moated castle are perfect for wondering round gooey-eyed with your loved one while enjoying your UK holidays. But drag your eyes away from your partner and you’ll be dazzled by the carpets of snowdrops and crocuses in early spring. As spring progresses, these give way to daffodils as far as the eye can see, while camellias cover the walls. Come May the tulips are in full bloom, sharing the stage with wisteria, azaleas and rhododendrons. The tail end of spring sees the herbaceous border at its best. Plan your visit at www.hevercastle.co.uk/gardens-in-kent.aspx.

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Brodie Castle – Nairn, Scotland
The grounds of Brodie Castle are open all year round, but spring is a spectacular time in this part of the Scottish Highlands – rent one of our cottages in Scotland and find out why. Home of the National Collection of Brodie Daffodils, it’s all about the daffs here. It was here that the Ian Brodie spent the early 20th century breeding over 400 varieties of daffodils. Legendary throughout Scotland and beyond, the grounds are literally covered with over 120 kinds of them each spring. Brodie Castle will mark the arrival of spring this year with its first ‘Daffodil Tea’ weekend. Fuel up with some homemade cake and then stroll around the grounds to take in what truly is a sight to behold. If you’re a daffodil fan, then log onto www.nts.org.uk/Property/69/ to find out more.

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Rydal Mount and Gardens Rydal Mount and Gardens - Cumbria
More than just a poet, Rydal Mount is testament to William Wordsworth’s green fingers. If you’re staying in one of our Lake District cottages, it would be a crime not to pay a visit to Wordsworth’s home. The poet was also a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden at Rydal Mount is still true to his original design. There are, of course, a host of lovely daffodils come spring, but that’s not all. Bluebells and rhododendrons create a riot of colour, and there are beautiful views of Lakes Windermere and Grasmore from the grounds. The house and gardens are still owned by the Wordsworth family. If you’re in need of some creative inspiration, visit www.rydalmount.co.uk for more information. Well, if it worked for Wordsworth...

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The House At Plas Newydd - flckr - lostajyPlas Newydd Country House and Gardens – Anglesey, Wales
Overlooking the Menai Strait with views of Snowdonia in the background, there are far worse places to celebrate the arrival of spring than Plas Newydd. Being close to the warm currents of the Menai Strait and the Gulf Stream mean that the gardeners at Plas Newydd can grow plants that would otherwise perish. Make your way along the marine and woodland walk and you’ll be rewarded by a five acre rhododendron garden, which is at its best in spring. To the south of the house, you’ll find the main shrub garden. In this informal garden, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and hydrangeas can’t fail to grab your attention. All the important details can be found on www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

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Coleton Fishacre, Devon - flckr - chilliheadColeton Fishacre – Kingswear, Devon
This magical, woodland garden comes into its own in spring and should be on the itinerary for anyone staying in one of the Devon cottages on our site. The 30 acres are planted with species from the Mediterranean, New Zealand and South Africa that thrive in microclimate of the sheltered valley. As you explore the grounds, you’ll catch glimpse of the sea, but don’t be tempted to abandon the garden for the beach. Springtime sees azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons cascading down the coastal valley towards the sea. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Arts and Crafts style house too. And don’t forget the award-winning team room; after all, what’s a visit to Devon without a cream tea (or two)?! Get the lowdown on Coleton Fishacre and its gardens at www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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POSTED BY: RACHAEL
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