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:

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Places To See Daffodils In Surrey, Hampshire And West Sussex

Surrey
Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD.  National Trust.  Winkworth Arboretum has some wonderful daffodil displays, with over 30,000 early flowering daffodils at Winkworth, flowering from mid-December onwards, it’s a great place to visit.  Don’t forget to plan further visits to see the carpets of bluebells in April and May. For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On the first Wednesday of every month, Winkworth Arboretum, offer a free seasonal, guided walk to ensure you see the best areas of the arboretum and see what’s in flower.  The walks start at 2pm from January till March, and at 2.30pm from April till October, normal admission rates apply.  For more details please see their website.

Daffodils at RHS Garden Wisley

Daffodils at RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB.  Wisley is a fantastic garden to visit at any time of year; it has many lovely displays of daffodils for visitors to enjoy.  Make sure you look out over the Alpine Meadow to see the pretty Narcissus bulbocodium, the hoop petticoat daffodil, dancing in the wind and hopefully, sparkling in the sunlight.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On Saturday 14th March 2015, RHS Garden Wisley will be giving their younger visitors the chance to decorate a daffodil pot, which they can take home with them for Mother’s Day.  This event will be running from 10.30am and 12.30pm, and then again from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.  For more details see the RHS website.  

The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB.  There’s so much to see and do at Kew Gardens, visit the iconic glasshouses or take in the landscape and an array of rare and interesting plants.  In March you’ll find many daffodils growing around the Temple of Aeolus in the Woodland Garden.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Hampton Court Palace Gardens, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU.  With colourful displays of over 200, 000 bulbs this is a great garden to visit in the springtime!  There’s a good display of naturalised daffodils in the Wilderness garden.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ.  National Trust.
Visit the meadow in springtime to see a wonderful display of naturalised daffodils.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

The Savill Garden, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey.  TW20 0UU.  Enjoy the pretty carpet of Narcissus pseudonarcissus, a small, trumpet daffodil, which gives a fantastic display each year in the meadows through The Glades.  This daffodil display was started over 50 years ago with just a handful of seed that was donated to the gardens; since then the number of daffodils has increased each year as new seed is produced and sown.  For information for disabled visitors please click here.

The Sculpture Park, Jumps Road, Churt, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2LH.
The Sculpture Park is set in 10 acres of grounds and features woodland, lakes, ponds and meadows.  40,000 daffodils have been planted in the park; there are displays of bluebells, hyacinths and wild flowers as well as 600 sculptures and installations.

Vann, Vann Lane, Hambledon, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4EF.
The Water Garden at Vann was laid out and planted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911.  It’s a beautiful and inspiring place to visit, there are carpets of spring bulbs including daffodils and fritillaries to admire.  Vann is open every Wednesday from April to July from 10am until 6pm.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.  The garden is also open for the National Gardens Scheme for details please see their website.

Sussex
Wakehust Place, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN.  A National Trust site, managed by Kew Gardens.  Wakehurst Place, in West Sussex is referred to as the country estate of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.  Set in 465 acres, it features a nature reserve, temperate woodlands, ornamental gardens and Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

From Monday 16th February 2015 to Friday 20th February 2015, from 10.30am until 3.30pm, Wakehurst Place will be celebrating 50 years of Kew at Wakehurst with a daffodil- themed activity event – What A Re-leaf. Spring IS On Its Way.  This event features drop in sessions, held in the Wakehurst mansion and the Stable restaurant.  The cost is £2 per child, each paying child will receive a discount voucher for the restaurant or cafe at Wakehurst.  For more information please see their website.

Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6EB.  National Trust.  The grassland at Nymans is full of daffodils and looks a picture in March.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

West Dean Woods, near Chichester, has a large colony of wild daffodils, more than a million daffodil flowers are visible from the bridleway in a good year.  Mid-March is usually a good time to visit to see the daffodils, flowering depends on the weather and conditions we have each year, so this can vary.  West Dean Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a working woodland and a private estate, so access is restricted; however a public bridleway running along the western edge provides an excellent vantage point to view the daffodils.  Here’s a link to a map of the walk.  West Dean Gardens aren’t too far away from this walk, in springtime there’s hundreds of thousands of beautiful flowers to be enjoyed at West Dean: cowslips, crocus, snakes head fritillaries and daffodils can all be enjoyed in the springtime.

Hampshire
Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN.  In March and April, the Wilderness Garden is a awash with daffodils, crocus and bluebells.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Exbury Gardens, Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AZ.
Exbury Gardens are open from Saturday 14th March 2015 onwards.  Visitors can enjoy the Camellias and Magnolias, as well as Exbury’s famous Daffodil Meadow.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA.
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens have a good collection of daffodils, there’s native species naturalised in the meadows, the alpine beds have a collection of dwarf daffodils, while the taller, single flowered varieties are in the herbaceous borders.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here

Further Afield – Places To See Daffodils

The Mawgan Daffodil Festival  takes place on Saturday February 14th 2015, Sunday 15th February 2015 and Monday 16th February 2015, from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day in St Mawgan Church, Menage in Cornwall.  This is the fifth daffodil festival that Mawgan Church have arranged, it’s been more successful each year and this year spans three days.  There will be over 7000 daffodils displayed in the church, and more daffodils for sale.  Tea, coffee and cake will be served all day, each day of the festival, and from 12 – 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, pasties and soup will be available.  There’s free entry to the festival, for more information contact Wendy Bailey on 01326 221631 or email guthrieb@waitrose.com

On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2015 it’s the Kempley Daffodil Weekend, this is the 40th year of this special event.  You can enjoy displays of beautiful wild daffodils in the fields and woods and join organised walks to see the daffodils.

On Sunday 15th March 2015, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Hyde Hall, in Chelmsford, Essex have special daffodil pots and stickers, provided by Lindt, which the children can decorate and then take home.  For information for disabled visitors to Hyde Hall, please click here.

On Saturday 21st March 2015 and Sunday 22nd March 2015, from 11am until 5pm, Thriplow in Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, is hosting its annual Thriplow Daffodil Weekend.  It’s £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, with under five’s gaining free entry; all the proceeds go to local charities.  Here’s a list of some of the attractions.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

The Mells Daffodil Festival will be held on Monday 6th April 2015 in Mells, Somerset.  There will be around one hundred street stalls, live music and entertainment.

Wild Daffodils
Places to See Wild Daffodils.

Buckinghamshire
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA.  National Trust.  The Long Gardens at Cliveden are planted with thousands of daffodils and anemones, which are a joy to behold in springtime.  There are drifts of daffodils planted on the Stable Bank, beautiful magnolia and cherry blossom displays by the Water Garden and breathtaking views and vistas to be enjoyed on the specially designed ‘Cliveden Views’ trail.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Kent
Hever Castle
, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG.  This 14th Century moated castle is set in 125 acres of award winning gardens, which feature wonderful displays of daffodils, tulips, crocus and bluebells.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent ME17 1PL.  There’s lots of daffodils to enjoy at Leeds Castle.  The Wood Garden at Leeds Castle comes to life with a carpet of daffodils each spring and the castle itself is surrounded by naturalised plantings of daffodils.  There’s anemones, cherry blossom and lots of other spring flowers for visitors to enjoy, as well as a maze and underground grotto.  For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

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