The English Garden


Chenies Manor House Gardens

These award-winning gardens in Buckinghamshire (above) open on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April, with a Tulip Festival involving a talk from tulip supplier Rose Cottage Plants on 6 May. Tel: 01494 762888; cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk

Hever Castle

Head to Kent on 24–30 April, for the third annual Tulip Festival (right), with free tours of the 21,000 blooming bulbs. Inside the castle you’ll find beautiful tulip arrangements. Tel: 01732 865224; info@hevercastle.co.uk

Hole Park

In late spring, Kent’s Hole Park boasts 16 acres of tulips, roses and clematis, while the vineyard garden is filled with wisteria. Wild orchids flower in the meadows alongside star-shaped camassia. Tel: 01580 241344; holepark.com


Morton Hall Gardens

This Worcestershire estate holds its first Tulip Festival on 4-6 May in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. See cut-flower tulip displays, RSC costumes and swathes of tulips in borders and meadows. Booking is advisable. Tel: 01386 791820; mortonhallgardens.co.uk

Pashley Manor Gardens

During the tulip festival, from 22 April to 7 May, these Sussex gardens grow over 35,000 tulips, separated into colour themes within a patchwork of garden ‘rooms’ Tel: 01580 200888; pashleymanorgardens.com