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What to look out for in the gardens

Things to see during our Open Gardens on 22 April 2023.

Our popular Open Gardens Day returns this April.

There’s plenty to discover at our Open Gardens day – from the seedlings in our greenhouses to the flowering meadows. Read on for our head gardener Kevin’s tips for what to look out for in the gardens during your visit in April.

With the gardens waking up from winter there’s plenty of new life springing up at this time of year.

A visit to our greenhouse is a must, it’s in full production with a wide range of seedlings. 70% of the plants in the Glyndebourne gardens are grown from seed, allowing us to experiment with unusual variants you wouldn’t find in typical English country gardens.

Drop by our jungle-like Bourne Garden where you’ll find lots of verdant tropical-style plants. The Dicksonia Antarctica tree ferns will be just starting to unfurl, revealing their furry fronds. Similarly, the Rheum palmatum will be opening up like a giant cabbage. And the large hosta nearby will be starting to send up some tentative first shoots.

Stroll down through the Urn Garden where you’ll spot colourful tulips dotted around the beds, and the four bushy Stipa gigantea (golden oat grass) which will be just starting to sprout flower stems and will then be in flower all the way through to October.

Look out for the Staphylea pinnata tree (or European bladdernut) at the end of the terrace garden running along the front of the house. It will be in blossom with its beautiful delicate white drop flowers, which later in the spring will turn into their signature unusual ‘bladder’ seed pods.

The meadows near the greenhouse and the coach park will be starting to burst into flower, with the first of the Camassia blooming – creating a sea of dark blue, light blue and white flowers amongst the green grass.

And of course, keep an eye out as you explore the gardens for our display of colourful tulips scattered around – a classic sign of spring and warmer days on the way! You’ll also find some of our gardening team around the gardens, who will be happy to answer any questions or help with your gardening conundrums.

Before you leave, don’t forget to visit our plant sale where you will be able to find a beautiful range of plants from our local nursery Pelham Plants.


Our popular Open Gardens day returns on Saturday 22 April 2023

Image credits: James Bellorini, Andrew Batty and Lucy Evans

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