With spring in full swing, we’re bringing you a bouquet of colour to banish the last of your winter blues, with 6 of the UK’s most spectacular gardens to visit this spring.
Whether you’re green fingered, want to get closer to nature or you’re just looking for a great day out, the UK is home to some of the world’s most spectacular gardens. From internationally recognised botanic institutes to quirky and independent green hideaways, we’ve rounded up some of the UK’s finest gardens so you can experience springtime in all of its vibrant glory.
Frequently dubbed ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, Cornwall’s Eden Project is perhaps one of the most famous attractions in the UK - housing some of Britain’s most spectacular cultivated displays of flora and fauna. The attraction is split into three main zones including the outdoor gardens and imposing Mediterranean and Rainforest Biomes. The Eden Project is home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world, with over 1000 plant varieties sitting under the 50 meter biome roof.
Planning a visit this spring? Make sure you check out the spectacular carpet of colourful tulips and the high climbing grapevines bursting to life in the Mediterranean Biome. Outside, you can also look forward to witnessing a vibrant array of blues as seasonal flowers come into bloom.
Image courtesy of Eden Project
A visit to the Eden Project is a must if you’re staying at nearby Looe Bay Holiday Park.
Nestled on the southern shores of the Isle of Wight, Ventnor Botanic Garden benefits from its own microclimate - with the warmer temperatures creating the ideal environment for the garden’s mediterranean and exotic plant collection. The garden’s plants represent a number of regions around the world, meaning visitors can take a world tour of the planet’s most spectacular plant life - all within the confines of one garden!
One of the main highlights of the garden is its spectacular display of Magnolia campbelli, which come into bloom every spring. Originally native the Himalayas, this species of magnolia is renowned for its large colourful flowers and the garden is home to a number of mature specimens. Visitors can look forward to witnessing the spectacular display of pink, purple and white flowers under the shade of the Ventnor’s giant magnolia trees.
Image courtesy of Ventnor Botanic Garden
The home of horticulture in Essex, The Beth Chatto Gardens were once an overgrown wasteland. With work beginning in the 1960s, Beth Chatto and her team have transformed the land into a spectacular example of ecological gardening at its finest. This approach to gardening involves working with the land, rather than trying to alter it - planting and growing species which thrive in specific conditions and soil types.
The garden itself is split up into five areas, with gravel, water, reservoir, woodland and scree gardens housing plantlife which is naturally accustomed to thriving in each environment. Each spring brings fresh growth, and you can stroll through the various areas and admire the vibrant green succulents and colourful blooms. It’s the perfect place to get some inspiration for your own garden and you can even pick up some plants to take home in the neighbouring nursery - all categorised by specific growing conditions, so you can rest assured they’ll thrive in your garden at home.
Video sourced from The Beth Chatto Gardens
Just 10 minutes from Weeley Bridge Holiday Park, The Beth Chatto Gardens are the perfect place to step into spring during a break on the Essex coast.
A jewel in Northumberland’s crown, The Alnwick Garden is one of the region’s most popular attractions - and it’s easy to see why. Sitting adjacent to the grounds of Alnwick Castle, the walled garden had fallen into disrepair. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that the Duchess of Northumberland put forward a proposal to redevelop the land into a spectacular formal garden, with the first phase opening to the public in 2001. Today the garden is home to a wondrous array of plants and water features, including a dangerously alluring poisonous plants garden and even a giant treehouse!
Spring is the perfect time to visit, as the garden’s flowering bulbs transform the landscape into a colourful scene. Don’t forget to head to The Cherry Orchard, where you can witness the magical cherry blossom trees in full bloom - with their delicate white and pink petals creating a pastel wash across the garden.
Video sourced from Andrew Bryson Photography
Why not pair a visit to this spectacular garden with a relaxing break in Northumberland? Cresswell Towers Holiday Park is just 30 minutes from Alnwick Garden and is ideally located for exploring nearby.
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle, Trebah Garden on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula is a subtropical paradise - bursting with exotic plants and flowers. Aside from the flora and fauna, the garden is steeped in history - dating back to the 11th Century. It wasn’t until the 1830s, however, that the woodland valley of Trebah was transformed into a pleasure garden by Charles Fox - a member of a wealthy Quaker family. Ownership of the garden has changed hands many times over the years as the plant life has established and matured into the stunning garden that stands today.
The garden sits on the edge of the Helford River, with its own private beach offering views of Falmouth Bay and the English Channel. The beach’s positioning meant that it was chosen as an embarkation point for over 7,000 US troops heading to Omaha beach during the D-Day landings and the gardens today host an annual remembrance event on the beach every May.
Spring is the perfect time to visit as the garden comes to life with a vibrant display of colourful rhododendrons, some of which are over 100 years old!
Video courtesy of Trebah Garden
Nestled in the Carmarthenshire countryside, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is a botanical utopia. With over 500 acres of stunning gardens and parkland housing over 8000 different plant species, you’re guaranteed to find your own little slice of springtime. No trip to the most visited garden in Wales would be complete without exploring the spectacular Great Glasshouse. Designed by the world famous architect Norman Foster, the giant greenhouse is home to a wide range of exotic plant species which require warmer temperatures thrive.
Early spring visitors will get to witness the vibrant yellow blanket of over 30,000 daffodils, made up of 50 varieties - including the Narcissus tazetta housed inside the warm Glasshouse, this particular specimen is famed for its sweet scent.
Video sourced from David Hardy
The garden is well worth the 40 minute drive from Pendine Sands Holiday Park, so make sure it’s on your list if you’re planning a springtime break in South Wales.
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