08/02/2020 - 31/05/2020 |
Our gardens are now open for the new season, 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.
February Half Term – Spring Spotters
Gardens open daily 16-23 February
Enjoy family time this half term and explore the gardens with a free spring spotters trail for children.
Make a day of it with lunch in one of our cafes and take a trip to our pop-up Toy Shop in the Stable Yard filled with toys for all ages and an amazing 50% off all items! Toy Shop open daily 17-21 Feb, 9am-5pm.
Don’t forget Mothering Sunday – 22 March
Bulbs are a spectacular feature at Doddington. Our Gardens are full of Spring bulbs and filled with drifts of golden daffodils during March. Treat your mum to a gorgeous stroll in the Gardens, a spot of retail therapy and perhaps even some delicious tea and homemade cake in our Café. BOOK MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH IN OUR RESTAURANT
Gardens open 9 February – 1 April, WED & SUN ONLY, 11am – 4.30pm
Gardens open DAILY for half term 15-23 February, 11am-4.30pm
Garden admission applies: Adult £7.50, Child 3.50, Family £19
Tickets available on arrival at the Gatehouse. Doddington season ticket, Historic Houses, RHS & Gardeners World 2 for 1 accepted.
The Gardens are open from Sunday 9 February (Sundays & Wednesdays only, 11am – 4.30pm / House closed). From 5 April, they are open (with the Hall) on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.