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.
5. Evenly Wood Garden
Evenly Wood Garden is set in 60 acres of privately-owned woodland and it consists of a huge collection of unusual trees and beautifully vibrant flowers. Plants you can expect to see are rhododendrons, azaleas, lilies, magnolias and camellias. Picnics are welcome and so are dogs (as long as they stay on the lead) and there is a cafe where you can grab some hot and cold snacks.
Photo: Evenly Wood Garden
6. Holdenby House
Holdenby House have also reopened their outstanding Grade I listed gardens alongside Icarus Falconry Centre. Explore the Elizabethan Garden, the kitchen garden - which provides vegetables and flowers for the house - the Tous Tous border and the Palace Garden plus many more enchanting areas. Light refreshments are also available from Connie's Tea Parlour.
Photo: Holdenby House
7. Deene Park - Corby
The formal gardens on the south side of the beautiful historic house in Deene Park give way to a vista of parkland and lakes linked by a canal. Explore the golden garden or the rose garden or even the box hedge parterre that has four giant teapots cut into the design - why? Because tea was the former owner Edmund Brudenell’s favourite drink!
Photo: Deene Park
8. Lamport Hall Gardens
Lamport Hall have also announced the reopening of their spectacular gardens every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-4pm by pre-booked ticket only. The tea room will not be open but visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics.
Photo: Lamport Hall