6 - Docton Mill, Hartland, Devon
A quiet spot often overlooked by visitors, this charming little garden is formed around a working water mill. Pay them a visit to see their stunning array of daffodils, bluebells, magnolias and a superb bog garden with masses of candelabra primulas in late spring. With a great café and just 1km from the stunning Devon coast, Docton Mill is well worth a look. Opens March 15th.
The walled and woodland gardens of Hartland Abbey are a real treat on a bright spring day. The Abbey offers up wonderful seasonal events too. This year, they will be holding a Daffodil Day on Sunday 12th March 2017 where you can explore the myriad of flowers planted up to 150 years ago. Later that month, Mothering Sunday on 26th March will be worth a look. Walk around the gardens and grounds with the magnolias, tree rhododendrons, stunning camellias, daffodils, and spring bulbs bursting into flower.
Pencarrow’s display of bluebells and wild garlic in late spring (May/June) is one of the South-West’s best, but it’s also worth a visit earlier in March when their beautiful display of camellias and rhododendrons can be seen and if you’re early enough, the lush carpet of snowdrops. With a variety of walks from woodland to formal gardening, incorporating great features like a genuine Iron age hill fort and an ice-house, there is a wide range of garden experiences – and of course, there’s always the Georgian mansion itself to explore. Gardens open on the 1st March 2017.
3 - RHS Rosemoor Spring Flower Competitions
It's hard to find a time of year when the highly ornamental gardens at Rosemoor don't look stunning. With separate areas such as the woodland garden and fruit and vegetable patches, there is plenty of variety to keep visitors interested. However, if you're around this spring you may want to time your visit to hit the annual Spring Flower competitions. This year they'll be focusing on camellias, hyacinths and daffodils. Taking place on 11th - 12th March 2017.
This atmosphere medieval house is a top visitor attraction in its own right with its labyrinthine rooms, armory and intricate tapestries, but the gardens alone are worth the visit. With 12 different areas to explore including a wild valley garden, orchards and ponds, it’s an easy way to spend an afternoon – and of course, the dazzling daffodils in the acre of meadow let you know spring is here!
1 - Boconnoc Spring Flower Show,
Yes, it's a bit of a drive from the North of the county, but as one of the major highlights of the South-West’s garden calendar, Cornwall’s Spring Flower Show is a big draw to the region and has to take our top spot. Taking place in the grounds of Boconnoc House, the event aims to showcase the very best of Cornish gardens and produce. There are hundreds of trade stands, stalls, gardening experts on hand, and show gardens to explore - it’s even dog-friendly!
The dates are Saturday the 1st and Sunday 2nd of April 2017. Not to be missed!
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