It may have had a stuttering start but spring is now definitely in the air and where better to enjoy the spectacle than among the glorious gardens at one of the Treasure Houses of England.
At Beaulieu the Palace House Wilderness Garden is carpeted with a colourful mass of spring flowers including crocuses and fritillaries.
Masses of snowdrops and naturalised daffodils will be followed by primroses mixed with beautiful blue lungwort and wood anemones along the Mill Pond Walk.
In the Beaulieu Vine House, see the stunning pink blossom of the peach and nectarine trees. Camellias and Magnolias are covered in flowers in the Victorian Flower Garden and don’t miss the stunning Wisteria and Laburnum tunnel in the Victorian Flower Garden at Beaulieu in May.
As Castle Howard’s gardens come to life so too does the House as it prepares to reopen on Saturday 24th March 2018. Join in a daily tour of the House and Gardens or chat with the knowledgeable Guides on a free flow tour around the House to find out more about its rich history.
It’s almost the start of a new season at Hatfield Park Farm and during the spring months, a visit to the lambing enclosure is a must.
As well as the lambs there are a number of other new arrivals this season; Kaitlin and Delyth are rare White Park cattle – a very old breed of beef cattle, kept in Britain for more than 2,000 years.
The resident flock of Manx Loaghtan sheep, which is on the watch list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, has also welcomed some new additions. Hatfield Park Farm opens on 20th March.
Holkham Hall is hosting spring tours of the Private Gardens on Sunday 27th May, 11am-12noon, 1pm-2pm and 3pm-4pm.
See the spectacular arboretum with its many unusual and rare specimen trees, the magnolia trees and the Tulip Tree resplendent at this time of year, the new foliage emerging on the acers and the carpet of bluebells in a variety of colours.
View the intricate patterns of the formal parterres on the terraces surrounding Holkham Hall, designed by leading landscape gardener W.A. Nesfield in the 19th century.
The Treasure Houses of England is a consortium of 10 of England’s finest palaces, historic houses and castles.
Unique in character, each property has its own magical blend of magnificent architecture, fabulous surroundings, world class collections and family history to explore.