Ten gardens to visit in May
A scenic walk in a beautiful garden is an ideal way to take advantage of the warmer weather. Here is our round up of the best gardens to visit this Spring.
Great Dixter, Sussex
Great Dixter belonged to revered writer and gardener Christopher Lloyd who resided there for most his life and this is evidently reflected in Great Dixter. It has an awe-inspiring Tudor house which is surrounded by the garden.
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
With over 125 million bluebells in their forest gardens, the Sissinghurst estate is the perfect embodiment of spring florals and with its strong architectural and cultural history, Sissinghurst Castle is on our list of ‘must-visit’ gardens to visit this Spring.
Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire
The vision of Hidcote Manor was to create a ‘cottage garden on the most glorified scale’ with a strong focus on ‘arts and crafts’. It was the concept of designer Lawrence Johnson and a series of garden rooms are defined by beech, yew and holly hedges.
Described as a ‘living work of art’, Stourhead in Warminster fuses classical architecture with stunning vistas full of stunning colours and scents. The garden which originally opened in the 1740s is focused around the magnificent lake which dictates which path you can choose to walk down.
Polesden Lacey, Surrey
Originally built in 1336, Polesden Lacey is an exquisite Edwardian estate which is complimented by its stunning gardens. Like many other gardens on this list, it is owned and run by the National Trust and is one of the Trust’s most popular properties to visit. Key features include ancient woodland and a walled rose garden.
Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire
Surrounded by 240 hectares of lavish gardens, Crathes Castle has endless opportunities for enjoyable walks. Embrace the captivating fragrances of the flowers and plants whilst going for a relaxing afternoon stroll. Some of the yew hedges were planted as early as 1702 and you can spot a variety of wildlife (whilst walking across six of the trails) such as red squirrels, roe deer and herons.
Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
With its neo-classic look, the Hauser & Wirth garden in Bruton was designed and planted by leading landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Carefully shaped and planted, the plants provide a soft yet formal look and whilst the surrounding hedges provide a sense of enclosure, you are still able to take in the wonderful Somerset landscape.
Colby Woodland Gardens, Amroth
With camellias, azaleas, bluebells and more, the informal gardens of Colby Woodland Gardens in Pembrokeshire is an ideal place to enjoy a Spring stroll this May. It is an 8-acre piece of woodland that is in a secluded valley.
Antrim Castle Gardens, County Antrim
Considered an historical gem, the Antrim Castle Gardens in County Antrim is one of Northern Ireland’s best public gardens. Take a walk around the Yew Tree Pond and around Her Ladyship’s Pleasure Garden.
Castle Howard Gardens, North Yorkshire
Enjoy extensive walks through formal gardens, the walled garden and the woodland, the Castle Howard garden is breath-taking throughout the year, but is particularly eye-catching in the Spring. Over 10,000 small bulbs are planted in early March to add a splash of colour for the coming months.
Reference: National Trust, Telegraph and Beyond Bespoke
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