The best spring gardens for 2016

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Gardens are never more beautiful than in the blooms of spring; the vibrant flowers, lush greens and aromatic smells make an afternoon ramble a joy.

Take advantage of the sunshine this year with our pick of the best spring gardens worth visiting in 2016.

Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales

With grand terraced lawns, romantic waterfalls and a colourful array of flowers, Bodnant garden is one of the best destinations in the country to enjoy on a spring day. Upgrades over the last few years have completely transformed the garden, making 2016 the perfect time to visit. During the spring season you can see daffodils, camellias, magnolias, rhodedendrons, azaleas, embothriums and Himalayan blue poppies. Bodnant is famous for its rare rhodedendrons and Laburnum Arch; both peak in May, so late spring is the perfect time to do.

Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, Scotland

Kailzie Gardens offers peaceful garden walks in stunning surroundings.  Visitors can look for wild birds on woodland walks, see exotic flowers in the greenhouses or see vibrant colours in the Wild Garden. Spring is the best time to enjoy the full spectrum of colour – carpets of bright yellow daffodils and soft bluebells make for some beautiful pictures.

Nymans, West Sussex

Nymnans has a beautiful selection of rare and exotic plants that burst to life during the spring months. The walled garden is a real highlight; wander and you will find colourful wildflowers and the romantic falling petals of cherry blossom nearly everywhere you look. The garden is also home to one of the largest collections of South American plants in the UK.

 Blickling Estate, Norfolk

The 55-acre gardens at Blickling are among the best in England and a favourite with visitors around the country. Spring is the perfect time to discover the gardens at their best; there’s beautifully manicured lawns, secret gardens, tunnels, an Orangery and lakeside walks. Explore the expansive estate and discover wisteria, peonies, bluebells, daffodils, azaleas and rhododendron.

Helmsley Walled Garden, Yorkshire

Set across five acres against the backdrop of Helmsley Castle, the historic grounds at Helmsley Walled Garden in Yorkshire are at their best in spring when the tulips are in bloom. You can see dozens of varieties of flowers and shop for your own to take home in the plant centre, whose proceeds support people with disabilities through horticultural therapy.

What are your favourite gardens to visit in spring?

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