Now that spring is officially here (Meteorological spring started on 01 March 2015 until 31 May 2015, Astronomical spring started today, 20 March 2015 and runs until 21 June 2015) we can now start taking advantage of the longer days and better weather to enjoy the great outdoors.
Springtime treats to enjoy
We love wandering around the many gardens close to us at different times of the year to see the dramatic changes throughout the seasons. Favourites include RHS Garden Wisley home to some of the largest plant collections in the world. Enjoying the herbaceous perennials and shrubs of the expansive mixed borders, to the wonderful prairie-style planting of the Glasshouse borders. Minutes easily and enjoyably become hours, as we meander around this fabulous garden.
Another firm favourite is the Sussex Prairie Garden. This six acre garden consists of a series of interlocking arcs of large planted borders. The borders are planted in the shape of a spiralling nautilus shell, encouraging you to slowly wander around and through the mighty planting. The herbaceous perennials planted in loose large drifts need little maintenance and can happily withstand the wear and tear from people and their dogs.
Springtime treats for the nosey enthusiast
Public gardens are great to visit but nothing beats the opportunity to wander around a private garden. We love to take advantage of the many smaller and private gardens open as part of The National Gardens Scheme (NGS). The Yellow Book lists all the gardens that are open and is a must to help you arrange your first springtime treat.
The National Gardens Scheme opens thousands of gardens to raise money for nursing and caring charities. Since its foundation in 1927, the NGS has donated more than £42.5 million to its nominated beneficiaries and partners. Find out more about The National Gardens Scheme and which gardens near you are open by visiting their website www.ngs.org.uk
However, whether it’s a grand public garden or a small private garden, the best bit has to be sitting amongst the fabulous surroundings enjoying a lovely cup of tea and a scrumptious piece of cake. Not just a springtime treat…