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Heritage Open Days 2017

The Heritage Open Days are four very special days of the year, where you can experience local history, culture, and architecture, and visit special places which are normally closed to the public, as well as enjoying free entry to places that charge an admission fee.

The 2017 Heritage Open Days will be held from Thursday 7th September 2017 to  Sunday 10th September 2017.  

Gardens Offering Free Entry to Mothers on Mother’s Day 2017

If you’re looking for a special day out for Mother’s Day 2017, I hope this list of garden events will help you.

Gardens to visit on Mother’s Day 2017

Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS, are offering free entry for all Mothers visiting Cliveden with their children on Mother’s Day, Sunday 26th March 2017, for all the details, please click here.

Special Offers and Money Saving Ideas for Gardeners in 2016

I hope these money saving offers and ideas will inspire you to garden, encourage you to support local businesses and gardens, and save you money!

The Savill Garden, near Englefield Green, Windsor, as pictured in December. This lovely garden will be opening its doors for free to visitors throughout January and February 2016.

The Savill Garden, near Englefield Green, Windsor, TW20 0UJ, is opening its doors for free to visitors throughout January and February 2016.  

Daffodil Gardens and Events for 2016

Daffodils are such cheerful flowers, heralding the start of springtime, they are a real joy to behold.  There are many different varieties of daffodils available; you can find daffodils flowering from early January until late May and beyond – so there’s plenty of time to enjoy their beauty.

Here’s some information on where you can find some beautiful daffodil gardens to visit, as well as some fun and interesting daffodil events to attend in 2016:

Wonderful Places To See Bluebells in Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex

Wonderful Places to see bluebells in Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD.  National Trust.
Winkworth Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit.  The arboretum is set into the hillside; it’s a steep, but tranquil setting which features a lake and wetland area.  There are carpets of bluebells throughout the arboretum, as well as Azaleas, Magnolias and Rhododendrons among the collections of trees and plants.  

Enjoy Being A Friend

We’re fortunate to benefit from so many beautiful, important, and historic gardens being open for us to enjoy in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.  We can be inspired by spectacular plant collections, see rare and exotic plants, enjoy beautiful landscapes and learn more about how amazing plants are, without travelling very far at all!

One of the ways in which you can support your favourite garden is to become a member or friend; this is such a lovely and special thing to do.  

Daffodils

For many, daffodils epitomise spring; historically they symbolised chivalry and new beginnings.  Today for many of us daffodils represent hope.

The quintessential daffodil is often pictured as bright yellow in colour, with a trumpet shaped flower, but in fact the daffodil has a long history of extensive breeding and consequently today there are a huge variety of daffodil flower colours – yellow, white, orange, pink and green, and many different flower types, and sizes of daffodil available.  

Daffodil Gardens and Events

Daffodils are such cheerful flowers, heralding the start of springtime, they are a real joy to behold.  There are many different varieties available; you can find daffodils flowering from early January until late May and beyond – so there’s plenty of time to enjoy their beauty.  Here’s some information on where you can find some super daffodil gardens and events:

Garden Advice for Mid-April to Mid-May

With April sunshine and showers, let’s hope we see lots of rainbows this month!

Sowing seeds is a wonderfully cost-effective way of gardening, and a quick and easy way to provide a valuable source of nectar, pollen, and food for insects.  If you would like to grow more plants beneficial to bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, then now is a good time to sow Cosmos bipinnatus and Verbena bonariensis seeds under cover.

Gardening Advice for Mid-February to Mid-March

It’s an exciting and romantic time in the garden, with lots to do this month, and so much to look forward to in the garden!  Take time out to relax and enjoy the wonderfully scented flowers of Daphne, Sarcococca, and Hamamelis.

Prune Buddleja davidii now.  If you’ve got an old, and maybe rather neglected, specimen then start to rejuvenate your plant now, by removing any old dead wood and cutting it back hard.