09/02/2020 - 01/04/2020 |
Our gardens will open for the new season on Sunday 9 February (Sundays and Wednesday only until 5 April). It’s a chance to enjoy a spectacular pageant of bulbs – the delicate, the bold and the rare – throughout the Gardens, heralding the start of spring and the reawakening of the soil in preparation for the warmth of summer. Many of the winter-flowering shrubs, in flower at the same time as the bulbs have a delightful scent to reawaken the senses.
Wonderful snowdrops, winter aconites, Cyclamen coum, and Crocus tommasinianus lead the procession, continuing through March and early April with drifts of Lent lilies and our unique collection of heritage daffodils (including rare Edwardian varieties), dog’s tooth pagodas and snake’s head fritillaries until May.
The spring bulb pageant was started in the 1950s by Claire’s grandparents Ralph and Antonia Jarvis. Claire’s father Antony Jarvis and late mother Victoria continued the work and Antony estimates that he has planted or moved 150,000 bulbs in the last 25 years. Claire added a further 5000 snowdrops to the nature trail with some money she inherited from her maternal Grandmother Cecily Mathias. ‘Cecily’s Snowdrops’ have now been enjoyed by visitors since 2005.
Gardens open 9 February – 1 April, SUNDAYS & WEDNESDAYS ONLY, 11am – 4.30pm
Garden admission applies: Adult £7.50, Child 3.50, Family £19
Tickets available on arrival at the Gatehouse. Historic Houses, RHS & Gardeners World 2 for 1 accepted.
The Gardens are open from Sunday 9 February (11am to 4.30pm / House closed). From 5 April, they are open (with the House) on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.