There are few places more beautiful in the springtime than an English country garden. With sweeping beds of bluebells, vibrant yellow daffodils and delicate blossoms, here are a few of our favourite British gardens to see in bloom this spring whether you’re taking a staycation at a timeshare resort nearby, or taking the family for a day out to see one of Britain’s best gardens.
1) RHS Garden, Hyde Hall, Essex
This breathtaking garden was once a private garden with little more than six trees, but is now a 360-acre public garden. Take a stroll beneath the tunnels of trees, or let the kids loose on the Easter egg hunt.
2) RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire
Enjoy scarlet fever as the vibrant Japanese Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’ trees start to blossom among the traditional yellow daffodils.
3) Dawyck Botanic Garden, Peebles
Head to the Scottish borders to explore the enchanting woodland garden in Dawyck. You’ll be able to enjoy an azalea terrace and ‘Dynamo Pond’.
4) RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
As well as English country garden classics, you’ll be able to enjoy more exotic flora and fauna at these beautiful gardens. The show-stopping orchids are not to be missed.
5) Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
As well as being a spectacular garden, this is also a scientific centre for the study of plants and conservation research. Based just one mile outside the capital, it’s the perfect green haven to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
6) RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon
The grounds of this house were once used by the Red Cross during was to shelter residents from London’s East End. It was donated to the RHS in 1988, and now has to be seen to be believed.
7) Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll
Take a troll along the winding garden paths to explore the Scottish mountainside. Feel dwarfed by the towering Redwood trees, which soar high into the sky.
8) Kew Gardens, London
Founded in 1759, Kew Gardens is a beautiful retreat in London. Visit to see the world-famous palm house, as well as some beautiful plants and art and architecture.
9) Logan Botanic Garden, Dumfries and Galloway
Enjoy a slice of the southern hemisphere in Scotland in this exotic escape. We love Logan’s walled garden, which is surprisingly fringed by palm trees.
10) Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Devon
Meet the meerkats and monkeys, before taking in some truly spectacular botanic gardens at the unique Paignton Zoo.