Abbey House Gardens

By Emma Kirkup

Isn’t it lovely to see the buds appearing on the shrubs and trees after the winter? It’s got us thinking about some of the wonderful places across Wiltshire where you can enjoy spring colours over the following months. Here are some of the top places we think you’ll love…

Abbey House Gardens

In the heart of Malmesbury, Abbey House Gardens come to life in spring with an abundance of tulips and other colourful flowers.

Bowood House and Gardens

Bowood will be taking part in celebrations this year to mark 300 years of ‘Capability’ Brown. Look out for the Woodland Gardens opening later this month with masses of colours from the bluebells and rhododendrons. Later on in the season Bowood will also be hosting the Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival.

Stourhead

A mention of Wiltshire’s gardens couldn’t miss out the iconic Stourhead! Owned by The National Trust, stroll around the lakeside path, pass by the temples and grottos and see how many different types of flower you can spot.

Mompesson House

The small, courtyard garden at Mompesson House (in the heart of Salisbury) is sheltered by the walls of the Cathedral Close and can be quite a suntrap. It has delightful herbaceous borders and you can even enjoy a spot of tea here on a fine day.

Fritillary

Cricklade

North meadow in Cricklade is a National Nature Reserve famed for its Snakeshead Fritillaries which normally flower in late April (see last year’s blog for more details). Nearby, there’s also Clattinger Farm, a nature reserve owned by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust which is also famed for its wild flowers.

Bluebells

Look out for the pretty bluebells carpeting many of our woodlands during May. Click here to read our blog on top places to spot bluebells in Wiltshire.

Bluebells at West Woods

Further details of some of Wiltshire's gardens can be found here.

Do you have any favourite places that we haven’t mentioned? If so, please comment below and let us know.

If you are on Twitter or Instagram don’t forget to tag your photos with #timeforwiltshire when you are out and about too!

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  1. Babs
    Badbury Clump near Faringdon is good for bluebells.

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