8 places to see daffodils in Warks & the West Mids
March is here, we've got spring in our step, and we're ready for some botanical colour. Here's the 8 places to spot it - in every shade of yellow...
The spring garden at National Trust’s Coughton Court is brimming with thousands of resplendent yellow daffs with more than 20 varieties. Not surprising, given it was opened in honour of the ‘Dean of Daffodils’ Dr Tom D Throckmorton – who was the first person to build a database for the flower. There’s a cafe at the property or head to OrangeMabel in Alcester or Bumbles in Studley for coffee and cake.
Head along to this National Trust property in Solihull where the gardens are currently awash with bright yellow flowers. The best place to find them is along the roadside verges and there’s a thick carpet of them lining the floor in the orchard.
Hill Close Gardens, Warwick
These beautifully restored Victorian gardens are home to a variety of beautiful plants, and the best bit? You can buy some from the on-site shop, with many varieties of plants propagated from the gardens.
Harvest Hill, Coventry
This pretty (and colourful) field in Allesley is one of the last remaining wild daffodil meadows. It’s open this time of year for a refreshing walk, perfect insta shot and general swooning. Throughout the year it’s home to sheep, so dogs aren’t allowed in the meadow (fear not – we’ve collated our fave walks with the pooch, here).
Coombe Abbey, Coventry
Set within 500 acres including formal gardens and historic woodlands and overlooking stunning Coombe Abbey Hotel is this country park, a Green Flag award winner. Enjoy a relaxing woodland walk admiring seasonal wildflower meadows, the lake and bobbing yellow daffs in a Capability Brown landscape.
All the spring flowers are starting to come out in force at Compton Verney. Make a day of it by wrapping up warm and wandering around the beautiful Capability Brown park. There’s an art gallery too with current cool exhibitions including Through The Lens of Masterji and Portrait Artist of the Year: The Exhibition.
Newnham Paddox, near Rugby
On 3 April there’s a ‘Daffodil Day‘ between 11am and 4pm in this Capability Brown landscape filled with woodland and lakeside walks. Along with traipsing through the fields of yellow flowers, there’s alpacas for little (and big) ones to meet, live music, activities, stalls and refreshments. Tickets £5 for adults, £1 for children.
Wightwick Spring Gardens, Wolverhampton
Theodore Mander, part of a 19th-century family of industrialists in the area, and his wife Flora, decorated Wightwick Manor‘s interiors with the designs of William Morris and his Arts and Crafts contemporaries. It remains a vision of a late Victorian private home set in 17 acres of woodland and Edwardian gardens by celebrated landscape designer Thomas Mawson with a number of outdoor ‘rooms’. Expect to see the orchards full of daffs and keep the kids busy by spotting wildlife around the many pools.