Idyllic Sissinghurst Castle Makes Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Best Spring Bloom Gardens

Spring has finally arrived and to celebrate Lonely Planet has revealed the best gardens around the world bursting with beautiful blooms to put a spring in the step of horticulturalists and nature lovers, including the much-adored Sissinghurst Castle in the heart of the Kentish countryside.

The global travel expert has selected its top 10 best gardens to visit this Spring to immerse in flora and fauna. Selected from its new title Lonely Planet’s The Joy of Exploring Gardens, which details 180 of the most amazing gardens across the globe, from La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica to Wendy’s Secret Garden in Australia. The inspiring coffee table book features tips on when to go, what to take with you, must-do activities, accessibility awareness, local transport advice and experiences not to be missed.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent: First opened to the public in 1938, the garden and surrounding estate has been part of the National Trust since 1967. Spring is when the garden comes to life, the Lime Walk, Nuttery and South Cottage begin to fill their borders with colour. The first wave of purple arrives with the tulips, wallflowers, Lunaria annua and Hesperis Matronalis. Closely followed by a sea of daffodils in the Orchard and an incredible sight of 1,100 fruit trees presenting a canopy of blossom from the end of April.

Other thriving gardens to make the list include the likes of Garinish Island in Ireland, Gardens of the Real Alcázar in Seville, Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens in Colchester and the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthney.

Check out Lonely Planet’s The Joy of Enjoying Gardens, for more on the world’s best gardens. RRP £19.99 available from 

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