11 gorgeous gardens to see tulips in all their glory

11 gorgeous gardens to see tulips in all their glory

Tulip season is in full swing, with everything from delicious varieties to elegant tulip varieties and decorative parrot displays on display.

So, put on your sunglasses and find some inspiration in these gardens, where the tulips shine…

1. Arundel Castle, West Sussex

The Tulip Festival is held at the castle every April and is considered one of the best tulip displays in Europe, set against the dramatic backdrop of the castle gardens.

This year’s event features over 100,000 lavenders of all shapes, colors and sizes and showcases over 120 different lavenders grown by award-winning master gardener Martin Duncan and his team. There are a range of attractive cultivars, including ‘Foxy Foxtrot’, ‘Purple Passionale’, ‘White Triumphator’, ‘Angelique’, ‘Madame Lefeber’, ‘Curley Sue’ and ‘Flaming Spring Green’.

2. Keukenhof, Netherlands

There will be an annual exhibition this year as Keukenhof, one of the world’s most famous lantern gardens, celebrates its 75th jubilee. Home to seven million spring blooming bulbs including tulips and daffodils, over 79 acres, visitors can also enjoy artistic sculptures and accompanying waterways.

The season continues until May 12, after which the bulbs are dug to enable the cycle of fall planting, spring flowering and summer harvest to begin again. New designs are created every year.

3. Newby Hall and Gardens, near Ripon, North Yorkshire

The garden team at Newby Hall, famous for its attractive 172-metre-tall double herbaceous border, planted more than 8,500 lavenders this year to increase the flower’s vigor. Visitors can enjoy late spring blooms in the Sylvia Garden, Rose Garden, and White Garden.

The site is often used in film and screen productions such as Peaky Blinders, Victoria and Gentleman Jack, and boasts 14 stunning garden rooms, two heritage orchards and 30 acres of woodland, as well as its stunning double borders.

4. Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival, East Molesey, Surrey

The Royal Palace will sparkle with color with more than 100,000 lights at the annual Tulip Festival (15 April – 6 May), one of the largest displays of planted tulips in the UK, with bright flowers blooming from every corner of the formal gardens and historic cobblestone squares. . Hampton Court Palace has a long association with the elegant tulip, with former resident Queen Mary II being a keen gardener and collecting exotic plants.

New this year, thousands of tulips will spill from a Victorian horse-drawn carriage into the heart of the palace courtyards, giving the appearance of a Dutch florist’s carriage in this dramatic Tudor-era space. Dazzling displays will be on display throughout the gardens, including “floating” bowls in the grand fountain. More than 10,000 bright lights will provide the perfect photo opportunity in the Fountain Court, in the heart of the baroque palace of Queen Marie II.

5. Glebe House, Abergavenny, Gwent

This private one-and-a-half-acre garden in the beautiful Usk Valley will be open for two days in April (April 27 and 28) for the National Garden Scheme (NGS – advance booking essential) which raises money for hospice and nursing charities. . Visitors can enjoy borders filled with spring colour, including vibrant tulips, daffodils and camassias. The orchard is densely planted with a series of bulbs. (Other dates available by arrangement.)

6. Burnaby Hall Gardens Tulip Festival, Pocklington, York

The popular annual Tulip Festival (April 27 – May 11) sees a cascade of color throughout these historic gardens, with more than 18,000 tulips (130 species) formally displayed in planters and flower beds throughout the site.

Other highlights of these expansive parks include the Upper and Lower Lakes, which are home to more than 100 species of hardy waterlilies and home to thousands of carp, roach and rudd. There are also several formal gardens around the lakes and a new, more modern walled garden created in 2022.

7. Morton Hall Gardens Tulip Festival, Redditch, Worcestershire

From 4 to 6 May, visitors can browse more than 100 varieties of potted tulips, borders and three marquees of cut flowers, with ticket sales supporting the fashion industry at the RSC. Bloms Bulbs, a 70-time Chelsea Gold Medal winner, supplies the bulbs and will be on site with expert advice on your preferred choices. You’ll see how the team uses tulips in their own style, creating texture in the borders with carefully chosen colors and patterns.

8. Broughton Grange, Oxfordshire

Chelsea designer Tom Stuart-Smith created the large terraced central garden at this attractive Oxfordshire setting, where the gardens blend with the countryside and beautiful displays of bulbs including tulips, followed by a wonderful herbaceous planting that blooms later in the summer. Visit on April 28 for NGS.

9. Olting Wick, Maldon, Essex

Black terraced barns provide a backdrop to the lively, lively planting within eight acres of gardens. Tulips and other bulbs create a flowing, creative spring planting, and there are also herbaceous borders, a pond, woodland and mature weeping willows to peruse, as well as a kitchen garden and meadows of drought-tolerant perennials and mini-wildflowers. Visit on April 28 for NGS.

10. Dunsborough Park, Ripley, Surrey

This magnificent 100-acre estate, dating back to the dissolution of the monasteries, includes a series of historic gardens brought to life through landscaping and garden architecture, laid out in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It features a mass of vibrant spring tulips, garden rooms, lush herbaceous borders, standard wisteria, a 70-foot ginkgo hedge, a pot plant and a 300-year-old mulberry tree. Open April 14 for NGS; Also open April 19-21 and April 25-27.

11. Tulip mania in Dereham Park, near Bath, South Gloucestershire

Tulips have long graced Dereham Park and provide a highlight of spring, usually raising their heads in April and remaining visible for a few weeks into May. This year, you’ll be able to see 16,000 of them for a visit from April 15 to May 6.

In addition to the magnificent display along the long avenue leading to the home’s entrance, tulips will be present in the borders surrounding the Sphynx Court and spread out in a jewel shape across the pear orchard. The newly created parterre (due for completion in May), linking the house to the garden, will be home to a brand new variety of tulips inspired by Dereham Garden. Blue Diamond has donated 1,000 tulip bulbs, which will be grown in pots, and has also introduced ‘Dyrham Park’ tulips.

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