Godinton House gardens in Kent opens 1 March
The gardens at Godinton House open on the 1st March for the 2018 season and for the hardier visitor it is an interesting time to see how the garden gets started for the year ahead.
The formal gardens are displaying the structure of their design with tightly cut topiary and the bare branches of carefully trained climbers, shrubs and fruit trees. The gardeners are preparing herbaceous borders, dividing older plants and mulching beds with a thick coat of last year’s compost.
But the real star of the show at this time of year is the 3 acre Wild Garden. Drifts of the original 19th century daffodils such as Emperor, Empress and Maximus Superbus are still going strong and the current gardening team have added to the display with some strongly scented jonquils and pretty Narcissus cyclamineus. With primroses, fritillaries and anemones it makes a breath taking display on a sunny spring day.