Lincolnshire's rich lower fenland soils and good rainfall provide excellent growing conditions for a wide range of plants. Most notably in the south-east Holland area, where show-class spring flowering bulbs have been grown for centuries.
Ornamental Lake © Seasonal Gardening
Historic hall set in five acres of beautiful historic gardens that have been transformed into a fabulous public park. The gardens contain many surprises including an ornamental lake, a peace garden, formal garden, mature trees, herbaceous borders and an avenue of 300 year old sculpted yews.
Regular events and outdoor concerts in summer. Nearby river walk.
cafe, children's play area
Open: all year, daily - Free Entry
Address: Churchgate, Spalding PE11 2RA
Tel: 01775 764555
The Dutch Garden © Seasonal Gardening
Impressive English country house set in extensive landscaped parkland. The beautiful formal and Italianate gardens were design by Geoffrey Wyattville in the 19th-c. They include 1000 acres of woodland, lakes and tree lined avenues.
There is also an adventure playground and family fun trails for the kids.
restaurant, shop, plant sales
Open: February to December
Address: Belton Nr. Grantham NG32 2LS
Tel: 01476 566116 - Owned by National Trust
Garden of Surprises © Seasonal Gardening
One of the Nation's finest Tudor mansions, set within extensive Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown gardens and parkland. Amongst it's horticultural treasures is the Garden of surprises (great for kids), a modern sculpture garden, a formal garden area and a vast 16th-c. Deer Park with a 26 acre lake. All in very tranquil setting with woodland walks and mature trees.
restaurant, picnic area
Open: March to November, daily
Address: Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY
Tel: 01780 752451
Formal West Gardens © Richard Croft (CC2)
Six acres of wild and formal walled gardens, where sheltered box-edged parterres filled with flowers in midsummer are bathed in the scent of roses. The grounds include a herb garden a circular turf maze and a nature trail. Good all season colour.
The four acres of wild gardens are noted for their magnificent displays of spring bulbs and rhododendrons.
restaurant, farm shop
Open: March to September
Address: Doddington, Lincolnshire LN6 4RU
Tel: 01522 694308
The Rose Gardens © Seasonal Gardening
Nationally important 400 year old walled garden, set in a pleasant green river valley. This spacious 12 acre site, has meadow, stream and tree lined walks. Dramatic drifts of bulbs in spring and rich herbaceous borders in summer. Prided for its traditional roses, lovely cottage garden and working kitchen garden.
Facilities: Light lunches
and teas served over looking the gardens. Parking,
Open: February to November.
Address: Easton, Grantham NG33 5AP
Tel: 01476 530063
© National Trust Images/Rupert Truman
Formal Victorian walled garden around a splendid 18th-c. country manor house. Highlights include colourful herbaceous borders, traditional roses,a herb garden, kitchen garden and a fruit orchard. Many fine mature trees.
The surrounding 1,406 acres of parkland and grounds include 15 farms.
Facilities: parking, tearoom
Open: April to September
Address: Gunby, Lincolnshire PE23 5SS
Tel: 07870 758876 - Owned by National Trust
© Goltho Gardens
An inspirational family-run garden. Packed with many unusual and rare plants, chosen for their form and foliage.
Good seasonal colour. The nut walk is delightful in spring, the peony and rose gardens give lush summer shades and the gravel garden and prairie border provide spectacular late-summer colour.
Facilities: tea shop
Open: February to mid December
Ad: Lincoln Rd, Goltho, Market Rasen LN8 5NF
Tel: 01673 857768
The Formal Garden © Seasonal Gardening
Vast parkland estate with 'Capability Brown' landscaped vistas. Visitors can enjoy woodland walks, rich herbaceous borders, formal gardens with topiary hedges and a walled kitchen garden. Among its notable features are long avenues of chestnut and hornbeam. Visitors can explore the ancient wooded park on foot, by bike or by guided buggy tour.
access. Main gardens have level graveled paths. Parking,
Open: April to September
Address: Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0LY
Tel: 01778 591205
Springfield Lake © Seasonal Gardening
Located to the east of the Fenland town of Spalding. Over a million spring bulbs have been planted within 25 acres of lawns, flowerbeds and woodland areas. Some 200,000 plants, shrubs, trees and grasses complement the planting scheme, providing a dazzling all-year-round display. Miniature railway and children's garden.
centre, retail outlets, cafe & restaurants, parking
Open: all year, daily - Free entry
Address: Camelgate, Spalding, Lincs. PE12 6ET
Tel: 01775 724843