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National Trust Spring Garden Moments

Spring is around the corner and National Trust properties all around the UK are ready to welcome you.
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Six spring garden moments not to miss with the National Trust in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire.


Swathes of daffodils
Cliveden, near Maidenhead
March is peak daffodil time at Cliveden with bright yellow carpets along the main drive and down into Rushy Valley. For spring 2024 there are 16,000 new narcissus ‘Carlton’ in the four Long Garden beds – a large showy daffodil for maximum impact. There are also daffodils around the perimeter of the parterre and by the Blenheim Pavilion and Rose Garden. Planted in terracotta pots in the plant theatre near the café there’ll be narcissus cultivars: Rip van Winkle, Peeping Tom, Minnow, Snipe and Baby Boomer. Sounds like quite the party!


Cherry blossom
Greys Court, near Henley-on-Thames

There are even more ‘Sakura’ cherry trees than before in Greys Court’s Cherry Garden. Every spring it erupts into frothy blossom and with with each year, develops into the blossom tunnel effect that is the garden team’s ultimate objective. The ancient walls of the Tithe barn adjacent to the Cherry Garden have now been fully conserved and set off the white flowers beautifully. Greys Court’s Cherry Garden looks great in March.


Snakeshead fritillary meadows
Stowe Gardens, Buckingham
This elegant plant has a curious pink chequerboard effect on its curved petals. The bulb-shaped flowers look oversized compared to their fine thin stems, it’s amazing how they stay upright. Stowe Gardens has been cultivating snakeshead fritillary meadows along Bellgate Drive and in Sleeping Wood. Snakeshead fritillaries flower in April.


Forever Flowers
Waddesdon, near Aylesbury
In partnership with the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, the Aviary Gardens at Waddesdon will welcome a temporary display of 750 bespoke metal red roses, each dedicated to the life and memory of loved ones who are no longer with us. (Wed 17 April – Sun 28 April, closed Mon & Tues).


Bluebells
Basildon Park, near Reading
The woodland at Basildon Park is a great place to see English bluebells at the end of April / early May. The dappled shade of the oak and beech trees provides the perfect environment for these fragile flowers to thrive. Their cool blue haze and delicate scent are a transient treat so keep an eye on social media to find out when they’re at their height.


Parterre bedding display inspired by Greek myths
Hughenden, near High Wycombe
The heroes of two Greek tragedies have spring bulbs named after them and they form the inspiration for Hughenden’s spring bedding scheme. Hyacinthus died accidentally during a game of discus and a hyacinth grew from his spilled blood. Narcissus pined away after he fell in love with his own reflection in a river. These yellow and blue bulbs form the structure of the bedding scheme on the parterre, with splashes of deep crimson with Bellis ‘Bellissima Red’.

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