Spring clean, a spring in your step… after months of darkness, our souls are as ready as the buds on the trees to unfurl into the light. It’s a time of hope, of new beginnings, of fresh approaches. Although we cannot, at the moment, go out to enjoy these gardens in person, we hope they will give you some inspiration and something to look forward to in the months to come.
A place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world, Great Dixter, in East Sussex, is the family home of celebrated gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006). With wildflower meadows and beautiful layered borders, it’s the epitome of an English country garden. If you’re taking the kids to the Isles of Scilly for Easter, the subtropical Tresco Abbey Garden is a must.
Switch out darker and heavier winter throws and cushions for lighter, more carefree colours. Spring green is definitely the highlight of Birdie Fortescue’s current interiors selection. We love the Palm jute wave placemats and the decorative terracotta Italian pasta bowl.
Our Secret Garden candle will finish your new interior and bring the outside in with its floral mix of mandarin flower, peony, hyacinth and lily of the valley and complex base of musk, vetiver and heliotrope.
Imagine yourself tucking in to dishes of new-season produce within the glasshouse restaurant at Petersham Nurseries cafe in Richmond and dine among brilliant bougainvillea and fragrant jasmine. If you find yourself salivating at this point, they are now providing a delivery service to locals.
When the warmer weather arrives, and if we're are allowed out by then, the tables spill out into the Floral Court near the Covent Garden branch, where the Magnolia grandiflora is in bloom during the spring and summer months.
The Garden Museum was going to be hosting Super Nature, London’s first fair for art inspired by plants. Browse works by 25 exhibitors who celebrate the joy of plants, flowers and gardens, all priced at less than £500. This event is now scheduled for October. If you have already bought a ticket, they will still be valid. Or head to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset, where you can explore outdoor sculptures by a roster of world-renowned artists set in landscaped gardens and then pop in to the Roth Bar & Grill for a lunch made from seasonal ingredients.