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Common Bluebells - Around 70% of Common Bluebells are found in the British Isles and there is probably nowhere better to see them. The flowers are stunning shades of blue with drooping 'trumpet' like flowers, and heavily scented. They are a protected species and should not be picked. One of our favourite places to see them is at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, in Silk Wood there are massive drifts along trails and paths.

We list gardens, walks and woods on our guide where you can see them and a few other places not on our guide which are worth visiting. From around 1 May depending on location.

If you know somewhere really special let us know and we will add it to the list.

Ightham Mote Garden

Ightham Mote Garden, near Sevenoaks

Kent, Ightham Mote and garden nestles in a sunken valley and dates from 1320.

Kedlestone Hall Gardens

Kedleston Hall & Gardens, near Derby

Derbyshire, These pleasure grounds at Kedleston Hall, National Trust, were created by Lord Scarsdale with designs and buildings by Robert Adam.

Kentchurch Court Garden

Kentchurch Court Gardens, near Pontrilas

Herefordshire, Beautifully untidy but colourful garden in a magical setting in the Herefordshire Countryside

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

Surrey, Kew Gardens - The ultimate Botanical Garden in the World, and not to be missed.

Kingston Lacy Garden

Kingston Lacy Gardens, Wimborne

Dorset, Kingston Lacy House and Gardens is 17th century Italian inspired family home surrounded by 300 acres of formal gardens and parkland

 Lanhydrock House Gardens

Lanhydrock House and Gardens, near Bodmin

Cornwall, Lannhydock House and Garden is one of our favourite places to visit

Leonardslee Gardens in April

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, near Horsham

Sussex, The magnificent Leonardslee Gardens in Sussex re-open this year. A garden of many memories.

Llwyngarreg Garden

Llwyngarreg Garden, Whitland

Carmarthenshire, Llwyngarreg open under the NGS. The garden features many unusual plant including primulas, bamboos, blue Himalayan poppies, acers, rhododendrons and magnolias.

Lydney Park Spring Garden

Lydney Park Spring Gardens

Gloucestershire, Set in beautiful countryside the Lydney Spring Gardens are in an enchanted secluded wooded valley with lakes and a profusion of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and other flowering shrubs and trees.

Marks Hall Garden and Arboretum

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Essex, A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape and gardens provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Marks Hall Garden.

Landscape Gardens Surrey

Painshill, Cobham

Surrey, Painshill - Visit one of the finest landscape gardens in the world, with serpentine lake, stunning views and follies

Pretty pink tulips leading you down to the lake at Parham House Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens, near Wadhurst

Sussex, There are magnificent views; a walled garden containing a Rose Walk, Rose Garden and Kitchen Garden; Victorian greenhouse; herbaceous borders and much more.

Pencarrow House Gardens

Pencarrow House and Gardens, near Bodmin

Cornwall, Pencarrow House, another Cornish garden and extensive woodland best early summer.

Renishaw Hall Garden

Renishaw Hall Gardens

Yorkshire, Renishaw Hall and Gardens - a great day out for lovers of historic houses and gardens

Arts and Crafts Gardens

Rydall Hall Thomas Mawson Gardens

Cumbria, You must not miss the Rydall Hall Thomas Mawson Gardens a great example of the Arts and Crafts movement in Garden design

Saltram House Gardens

Saltram House and Gardens

Devon, Set on the outskirts of Plymouth this magnificent house is surrounded by 20 acres of Parkland.

Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park Garden

Sussex, Sheffield Park is a great landscaped garden created by Capability Brown in the 18th century.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Kent, Sissinghurst Castle is one of the most famous and delightful gardens in the British Isles.

Speke Hall Gardens

Speke Hall and Garden

Merseyside, Speke Hall and Gardens is just 5 miles from the centre of Liverpool and is one of the finest Tudor Mansions in England

Stourhead Garden

Stourhead Gardens, near Warminster

Wiltshire, Stourhead Gardens - a stunning English landscape garden by Henry Hoare 11 in the mid 1800s.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

North Yorkshire, Thorp Perrow is situated at the base of the Yorkshire Dales - come and explore the 100 acres of woodland with trees from around the world, some trees dating back to Medieval times.

Trelissick Gardens

Trelissick Gardens, Truro

Cornwall, Lovely in Spring with informal walks, and great views.

Trewidden Garden

Trewidden Garden, Penzance, Cornwall

Cornwall, Trewidden Garden is a great place to see rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias in a semi wild setting.

Gardens at Wakehurst

Wakehurst, beautiful Gardens, near Haywards Heath

Sussex, Wakehurst was leased by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1965 from the National Trust.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum, best time to visit

Gloucestershire, Westonbirt Arboretum, the National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is one of the finest arboretums in the world.

Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum, best time to visit

Surrey, Winkworth Arboretum was founded by Dr Wilfrid Fox in 1937.

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