Where to see daffodils in Hampshire - Spring 2016
PUBLISHED: 10:05 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 22 March 2016
With these yellow blooms now in their full glory spring is finally here. Leigh Clapp suggests the best gardens to see these cheerful flowers
Bere Mill, Whitchurch, RG28 7NH
For a picturesque setting it’s hard to beat historic Bere Mill beside the glistening River Test. Here, as well as naturalised fields of daffodils, you have a canopy of blossom confetti, an unusual Japanese Tea House and if you are very lucky, a pair of gliding white swans may complete your scene. Returning visitors enjoy observing the progress owners Rupert and Elizabeth Nabarro have achieved over the past 20 years, restoring the serene contoured landscape, adding plants that thrive in this unique environment and putting a contemporary touch with bespoke sculptural pieces.
Open Sunday 20th March (1.30pm-5pm) | Admission £5
Pylewell Park, Lymington, SO41 5SJ
Wild daffodils are the draw here in March, followed by bold bluebells in May at this parkland garden that was laid out in 1890. Take a stroll along the extensive grass paths, around large lakes bordered in emerging giant gunnera and admire distant views of the Isle of Wight across the Solent. This is a lovely choice for families and dogs walkers. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear as there can be muddy areas at this time of year.
Open Sunday 27th March (2pm-5pm) | Admission £4
Beechenwood Farm, Odiham, RG29 1JA
Drifts of daffodils under towering deciduous trees are interspersed with the added jewels of early tulips and shimmering hyacinths. Shadows cast patterns and the effect is quite mesmerising. Stretching over two-acres, the gardens have a relaxed vibe and the array of creatively planted containers of mixed bulbs is a wonderful idea to borrow. Michael and Sarah Heber-Percy will happily give you some tips to get a spring look in your own garden.
Open Wednesday 30th March (2pm-5pm) | Admission £4
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, SO51 0QA
A garden for every season, Harold Hillier in spring sees drifts of daffodils amongst spring blossom and bloom. From the golden glow of bobbing heads in the winter garden to blocks amongst the magnolias and the scent of witch hazels in the air, there is much to savour in these vast 180-acre gardens.
Open all year (10am-5/6pm) | Admission £9.50 | www3.hants.gov.uk/hilliergardens
Houghton Lodge Gardens, Stockbridge, SO20 6LQ
Another peaceful riverside retreat, the gardens at Houghton Lodge are Grade II listed and surround an enchanting 18th century ‘Cottage Orne’. Snowdrops are followed by drifts of daffodils in spring, interwoven with rare Scilla bythinica and ribbons of daffodils also fringe the river’s edge. One of the joys of this garden at this time of year is that you can wander freely without any crowds to explore the riverside walks, peacock parterre and the old walled garden.
Open March 1 to October 31, Thursday to Tuesday (10am-5pm) | Admission £6.50 | www.houghtonlodge.co.uk
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