National Gardening Week is upon us and this week we celebrate gardens of all shapes and sizes with the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Garden Scheme. As gardens up and down the country remain closed, the natural world continues to flourish with the spring sunshine and April showers; so despite not being able to enjoy meandering around the UK's much-loved gardens, we have chosen our favourite virtual garden tours from across the country for you to enjoy from home.
Riverhill Himalayean Gardens – Kent
Known as the “Garden of England”, Kent is home to some of the most magnificent and historic gardens in England and Riverhill in Sevenoaks is no exception. With 12 acres of historic gardens including the fragrant Rose Walk, Wood Garden and spectacular Edwardian Rock Garden, the gardens at Riverhill are a joy to visit all year round.
Hever Castle, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Best known for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle is set within 125 acres of glorious grounds. April is one of the best times of the year to pay a (virtual) visit as the spectacular display of late daffodils bloom throughout the gardens, which are full of bright greens and an impressive array of camellias and tulips.
Kew Gardens, London
Holding an impressive 14,000 trees, a diverse range of plants and set within a rich and beautiful historic landscape, Kew Gardens is one of the most impressive gardens in the world. View Kew in bloom in their virtual garden tour:
Travel to the tropics with a guided tour around Kew Garden’s Palm House:
Woodlands Farm, Gwent
Among the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, discover the enchanting woods at Woodlands Farm. As April brings a canopy of cherry blossom and an abundance of daffodils, spring at Woodlands Farm is not to be missed.
Great Comp Garden, Kent
With a reputation as one of Kent’s finest gardens to visit, Great Comp Garden showcases 7 acres of magnificent and rare plants surrounding a 17th century manor house. Known as a “hidden gem” this tranquil garden has an Italian Garden, romantic ruins and an enchanting woodland. Look out for an impressive display of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons over the months of spring. Below the Head Gardener at Great Comp showcases the beautiful magnolias and azaleas in bloom this April.