April hath put a spirit of youth in everything - Shakespeare
Flowers and tree blossoms have been emerging across the English landscape for the past few weeks. Now that Spring is officially here, where are some of the best places to enjoy the seasonal plants and warmer weather? The following three locations were chosen for their variety of diverse plant life, as well as the attention put into cultivating special springtime gardens.
University of Nottingham
The University is well-known for its focus on nature and sustainability. In fact, it was named the 'greenest university in the world' in 2014, according to Greenmetric rankings.
The three campuses located in Nottingham contain such features as a boating lake, woods, acres of green space covered with daffodils, and beautifully-cultivated gardens with seasonal plants, such as a Victorian walled garden and Asian-inspired gardens. See The Scholarly Gardens for further information.
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Wollaton Hall Gardens
In the early days of Wollaton Hall, the gardens were known as the 'finest in England.' There are different levels of gardens surrounding the Hall, as well as a greenhouse. The Hall also offers a 'Sensory Garden' for visitors with impairments. The garden contains plants specifically chosen for their sensory qualities, such as touch or smell. The gardens are also accessible for wheelchair users.
Wollaton Hall lake is located beyond the gardens. The lake is surrounded by a wooded area and contains a hiking path that circles the entire lake. It takes about 30 minutes to walk the path and provides some beautiful views of Wollaton Hall. See here for further details about visiting the Hall.
Spring/Summer (Monday 16 February - Sunday 1 November) Opening times for the Hall: Daily, 10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Gates to the park open weekdays at 8am and weekends and Bank Holidays at 9am. Gate closures are variable depending on daylight. See the website for more details.
Felley Priory Garden
Felley Priory contains a house, a tea room, and 2.5 acres of specially cultivated gardens, including a walled rose garden. The gardens change according to the four seasons. Special plant life featured in the spring garden are daffodils in the orchard, tulips, magnolias, hellebores, and peonies.
Daffodils are perhaps the flower most associated with spring and the Priory will be hosting a special event 'Daffodil Sunday' to display the beautiful daffodils covering the orchard. The event will take place on 19 April.