One of the best parts of spring is watching our gardens and country side come alive with colour as the flowers wake from their wintery slumber.
With the weather picking up and coronavirus restrictions partially easing, now is the perfect time to take a stroll amongst our county's picturesque gardens.
We have compiled a list of attractions that have some of the most stunning and vibrant floral displays. Nurtured by professional gardeners, you can expect to see intricately designed statues, ponds and plants both common and unusual.
Be sure to check the attraction's websites before visiting because opening hours vary and most attractions require pre-booked tickets for entry.
1. Coton Manor Gardens
Coton Manor have just announced the re-opening of their 10-acre beautiful bluebell wood and wildflower meadow! Grab some lunch or afternoon tea at The Stableyard Cafe or visit the nursery, which has over a thousand varieties of plants - many of which are unusual and are propagated from the garden. Opening times are 11am - 5.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
Photo: Coton Manor Gardens
2. Castle Ashby Gardens
Castle Ashby Gardens is set in 35 acres of land and they have a variety of picturesque garden to explore from the romantic Italian gardens, the spectacular Orangery and the Butterfly Garden. Grab some afternoon tea from the Walled Garden Tea Room.
Photo: Caste Ashby Gardens
3. Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens
Explore Cottesbrooks and its 13 acres of mystical gardens - The Wild Garden flanks a small brook on the far edge of the park where spring bulbs, gunnera and fine acers grow. The Forecourt contains large yew cones, lead statues and blue agapanthus in pots and the borders of the Pool Garden are brimming with Dahlia's in the summer. Venture through the Spinney Garden, the beautiful Terrace garden, the Pine Court & Dutch Garden and the Monkey Pool - there's so much to see here! You will not be disappointed by the array of floral displays.
Photo: Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens
4. Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens
Kelmarsh Hall has reopened their gardens, woodland and lakeside Walks for families to roam along. Their brand new Sweet Pea's Tearoom is also open with an outdoor seating area. Opening times are from 10am - 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays.
Photo: Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens