10 SPRING GAR­DENS TO VISIT

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1 DODDINGTON HALL & GAR­DENS

Well known for its col­lec­tion of daf­fodils, plus lots of walks. Open Sun­days, Wed­nes­days and bank hol­i­day Mon­days from 16 April, noon to 4.30pm. En­try to house and gar­dens £10 (gar­dens only: £7). • Lin­colnshire LN6 4RU. 01522 694308, www.dod­ding­ton­hall.com

2 BODNANT

Pos­si­bly the best spring gar­den in Wales, with sheaves of daf­fodils (as you would ex­pect), plus Na­tional Col­lec­tions of both mag­no­lias and rhodo­den­drons. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. £8.50 (RHS and NT mem­bers free). • Bodnant Road, Tal-Y-Cafn, Col­wyn Bay LL28 5RE. bod­nant­gar­den.co.uk

3 HODNET HALL

Lots of lakes and wood­lands for walk­ing as well as a Camel­lia gar­den and some won­der­ful plant col­lec­tions. Open Sun­days and bank hol­i­days, noon to 5pm. £7. • Near Mar­ket Dray­ton, Shrop­shire TF9 3NN. 01630 685786, www.hod­nethall­gar­dens.org

4 BLICK­LING ES­TATE

Sit­ting un­der blue skies, amid glo­ri­ous open countryside, this is a fine es­tate with lots of things to do. Amaz­ing daf­fodil banks and a beau­ti­ful Orangery Gar­den. Open daily, 10am to 5.30pm. £14.95 (gar­den only: £8.95). NT mem­bers free. • Ayl­sham, Nor­folk NR11 6NF. 01263 738030, na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/blick­ling-es­tate

5 GREAT DIXTER

If you have not yet vis­ited here, your life re­mains un­ful­filled. This great gar­den has some­thing for ev­ery­body, no mat­ter when you visit. Open Tues­day to Sun­day and bank hol­i­day Mon­days, 11am to 5pm. £12.10. • Nor­thiam, East Sus­sex TN31 6PH. 01797 252878, great­dix­ter.co.uk

6 CHELSEA PHYSIC GAR­DEN

Tucked be­tween the river and the bus­tle of the Kings Road, this gar­den was founded in 1673. A haven among the traf­fic. Open daily ex­cept Satur­days, 11am to 5pm. En­try £10.50. • 66 Royal Hospi­tal Road, Lon­don SW3 4HS. chelsea­physic­gar­den.co.uk

7 ELTHAM PALACE

Al­though less than 100 years old, this palace feels as if has been there for ages. It is sur­rounded by 19 acres of gar­dens, old and new. Open daily ex­cept Satur­days, 10am to 6pm. En­try £13.60 (English Her­itage mem­bers free). • Court Yard, Eltham, Green­wich, Lon­don SE9 5QE. english-her­itage.org.uk

8 NYMANS

At its best in spring­time – there are bulbs, blue­bells, cherry blos­som, camel­lias and mag­no­lias in abun­dance. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. En­try £13.20 (NT mem­bers free). • Hand­cross, Hay­wards Heath, West Sus­sex RH17 6EB. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/nymans

9 TREMENHEERE

A spec­tac­u­lar sculp­ture gar­den with some stag­ger­ingly good art and a fan­tas­tic col­lec­tion of ten­der plants. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. £8. [Note – the gar­den is un­for­tu­nately not suit­able for dis­abled visi­tors.] • Near Gul­val, Pen­zance, Cornwall TR20 8YL. 01736 448 089, tremenheere.co.uk

10 COTON MANOR

A lovely, fam­ily-run gar­den with water gar­dens, mead­ows, clas­sic bor­ders and an amaz­ing blue­bell wood. Open Tues­day to Satur­day, noon to 5.30pm, plus Sun­days and Mon­days on bank hol­i­day week­ends. En­try £7. • Coton, Northamp­ton­shire NN6 8RQ. 01604 740219, co­ton­manor.co.uk

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