Stunning floral display raises money for charity
The gardens at Godinton House will be opening every day from the 1st March, with two special open days on 6th and 20th March, to display the fabulous collection of old daffodils in the Wild Garden and raise money for the National Gardens Scheme charities. Gates open from 1pm until 6pm.
During spring the Wild Garden is transformed by a stunning display of daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses early in the season, followed by primroses, anemones and snakeshead fritillaries. Drifts of the original 19th century daffodils such as Emperor, Empress and Maximus Superbus are still going strong but the current gardening team are adding to the display with some strongly scented jonquils and pretty Narcissus cyclamineus. After the gloomy chill of the winter months this is worth leaving your hibernation to see.
At this time of year the tightly clipped topiary and strong lines of the formal gardens design really stand out. Enjoy these early spring treasures and see the garden coming to life again.
Nick Sandford, Estate Manager, said, “Godinton is rightly famous for its daffodils and has opened every spring for at least 50 years to raise money for the NGS charities. March is such a variable month from bitter winter to warm spring. Make the most of the good days and enjoy the gardens, we are open every afternoon from 1pm”.
The tearoom will be open on NGS days serving homemade cakes and cream teas, and there will be a selection of plants will be for sale.
The house will open to the public for the 2016 season on Friday 25th March from 1pm through to 2nd October. The public can enjoy guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1.30pm with the last tour at 4pm.
Good access from M20 junction 9, 40 minutes from London to Ashford on the High Speed Train.