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BLOOMING BEAUTIES: 8 SPRING FLOWER HOTSPOTS TO VISIT IN SURREY…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 09 Mar 2024

🌸 As the cold and dark of winter begins to disappear and nature re-awakens, a kaleidoscope of colours heralds the arrival of spring.

Here are eight must-visit hotspots to witness the splendour of spring blooms in Surrey…

RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley is a horticultural haven renowned for its stunning floral displays. In spring the garden comes alive with a riot of colours.

“Spring is heralded by a mass of flowers from crocus, daffodils and the first cherry blossoms, while seasonal blooms continue to delight on the Winter Walk.” – Curator Matthew Pottage

Early spring sees the arrival of over 200,000 crocuses in shades of purple and white, which carpet the conifer lawn. A host of golden daffodils can be seen in many areas of the garden including the Pinetum, Oakwood and the Alpine Meadow. Each boasts a different variety of this springtime favourite. The Camellias are also out and word has it that there’s a very impressive example on Battleston Hill. Wisley is also renowned for its tulips.

More details about Wisley here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Address: Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB

Painshill Park

This 18th-century landscape garden boasts enchanting vistas dotted with swathes of spring flowers. Visit soon to catch the daffodils at their peak and then head there again in April and May when its woodlands are carpeted with bluebells. One way to catch the spectacle is to walk through the woodland behind the Ruined Abbey then head over the Five Arch Bridge and up to the Turkish Tent.

More details about Painshill here: https://www.painshill.co.uk/

Address: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Claremont Landscape Garden

Claremont Landscape Garden is a tranquil oasis nestled on the outskirts of Esher. Spring brings a burst of colour to this historic National Trust garden. On Camellia Terrace – once the site of Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold’s large, heated glasshouse – the camellias bloom in a beautiful display between January and May. The daffodils are also currently in bloom and will be followed by the azaleas and rhododendrons.

More details about Claremont here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/surrey/claremont-landscape-garden

Address: Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG

Winkworth Arboretum

The Rhododendrons – which flower January through to April – are the first to herald the arrival of spring at this woodland wonderland and can be found at the entrance of the arboretum and on the Spring Walk. Up next are the daffodils, which bloom in February and March. Find the best displays as you take the main path into the arboretum, then keep following them by turning right into the Winter Garden and along the banks of Sorbus Hill.

Red, pink and white camellias can be seen in flower from March at the Upper Arboretum, and Cherry Avenue is the place to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms. You can also catch the wonderful Magnolia blooms in Magnolia Wood. Check their social media for updates as flowering can vary considerably each year depending on the weather.

If you take the Spring Walk in April/May (again check their social media feeds to find out exactly when they’re in bloom) you’ll hit the Bluebell Wood, which has a spectacular display of this beautiful flower.

More details about Winkworth Arboretum here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/surrey/winkworth-arboretum

Address: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD

Hatchlands Park

National Trust site Hatchlands Park is home to Little Wix Wood, which boasts one of the very best bluebell woods around. The 1.8 mile Wix Wood walk takes you right through Little Wix Wood and its enchanting bluebell display. You should also spot wood anemone and violets as well as cowslips in the meadow and May blossoms.

Follow the Hatchlands Park social media feeds for the latest updates on when the bluebells are in bloom: https://twitter.com/HatchlandsNT  https://www.facebook.com/HatchlandsParkNT/

For more information visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/surrey/hatchlands-park 

Address: East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT

Hampton Court

The 60 acres of royal gardens that make up Henry VIII’s famous grounds burst into life as spring unfolds with an array of colourful blooms from tulips and daffodils to hyacinths and cherry blossoms. There’s even a Tulip Festival (one of the biggest displays in the UK) where the palace and gardens are  open seven days a week Monday, 15th April to Monday, 6th May.

More details here: https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/whats-on/tulip-festival/#gs.57959f 

Address: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Langley Vale 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is a great time to visit this World War I memorial woodland (one of the Woodland Trust’s four First World War Centenary Woods) although it’s a fantastic and poignant place whatever the season.

Consisting of 640 acres of rolling hills and grassy fields, Great Hurst Wood is one of the three biggest woods at the site and has a great bluebell display in season. You’ll also find wood anemone in ancient woodland areas of the site, as well as primrose and early purple orchid.

More details about Langley Vale here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/langley-vale-wood/ 

Address: Headley Rd, Ashtead, Epsom KT18 6BZ

Banstead Woods

(pictures reproduced with the kind permission of YourBanstead)

Whilst it may not boast formal gardens or ornate floral displays like some of the other venues mentioned, Banstead Woods offers its own unique charm and beauty during spring.

Bluebells, in particular, are a sight to behold as they create a stunning sea of blue beneath the canopy of trees. Springtime visitors should also encounter other woodland wildflowers such as wood anemones and celandines.

Check out the Banstead Woods Nature Trail here: https://www.reigatesociety.org.uk/Walks/BansteadWood_NatureTrail_Online.pdf

Address: Holly Lane, Nr Chipstead, CR5 3NR
🌷 Enjoy the spring flowers, and let us know your favourite spots to catch nature’s blooms.

Fran x

 
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Francesca De Franco
I’m Fran a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 15 and my twin daughters are aged 12.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run The Parent Social blog where I write about the activities we do, the places that we visit, the games that we play as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between. I also have a wine and food PR consultancy and blog - https://www.vinocibo.co.uk/

My love for communicating and writing, mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. Interests include good food and wine, Italian culture, football and personal finance.

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