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.

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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:

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It's wonderful to see a large collection of Daffodils en masse.
It’s wonderful to see a large collection of Daffodils en masse.

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 don’t miss any flowers.  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.

A sea of Daffodils at RHS Garden Wisley.
A sea of Daffodils at RHS Garden Wisley.
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB.  Wisley is a fantastic garden to visit at any time of year; there are 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.
Information for disabled visitors to RHS Garden Wisley can be found 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.

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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, as well as large swathes of daffodils which greet you as you explore these wonderful gardens in March and April.

For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Daffodils at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, pictured on the 31st March 2016.
Daffodils at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, pictured on the 31st March 2016.

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ.  National Trust.
Visit the meadow in springtime to see a wonderful display of naturalised daffodils.
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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.
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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.  Vann Garden is also open for the National Gardens Scheme, for details please see their website.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

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.

Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6EB.  National Trust.  The grassland at Nymans is planted with daffodils and looks a picture in March.
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The wonderful West Dean Gardens, West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX, is offering free entry for Mothers on Mothering Sunday, Sunday 6th March 2016.  All Mothers visiting West Dean Gardens receive free entry to the gardens as well as some complimentary daffodils – how lovely!  Children also receive free entry to the gardens, for all the details, 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.
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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.
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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.
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Further Afield – Places To See Daffodils

Wild Daffodils
There are some lovely places where you can 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.
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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.

2016 Daffodil Events

The Kempley Daffodil Weekend will be held on Saturday 19th March 2016 and Sunday 20th March 2016.  This is the 41st year of this special daffodil weekend.  At Kempley you can see beautiful natural displays of wild daffodils in the fields and woods locally, where you can join also organised walks to see the daffodils.  Tea and coffee, as well as lunches, handicrafts, plants and produce are available for sale in the Village Hall, for all the details, please click here.

The Mells Daffodil Festival will be held on Monday 28th March 2016 at the pretty village of Mells in Somerset.  Tickets are available in advance and parking is free.

On Saturday 16th April 2016 and Sunday 17th April 2016, from 11am until 5pm, Thriplow in Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, is hosting its annual Thriplow Daffodil Weekend.  Entry is £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 this event.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On Saturday 30th April 2016 and Sunday 1st May 2016 The NCCPG and The Daffodil Society have their Spring Plant Festival at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB.
Information for disabled visitors to RHS Garden Harlow Carr can be found here.

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