North Devon welcomes spring stars

SPRING is in the air in North Devon with glorious spring bulb displays to enjoy in some of the UK's most inspiring gardens.

North Devon is home to a spectacular array of award-winning gardens such as the world-renowned RHS garden at Rosemoor as well as Tapeley Park and Hartland Abbey and visitors will be delighted by the cheerful drifts of early-flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, hellebores, crocuses and daffodils.

But there is much more to enjoy in the gardens with early-season shrubs, including colourful camellias, riotous rhododendrons and magnificent magnolias, which all go to prove that spring really is heaven in North Devon.

Thousands of daffodils and crocuses have been planted in the meadow areas throughout the garden and now grow into season-long sweeps of colour. Daffodils thrive in the meadow by the lake, while sunny chalices of marsh marigolds are among spring's early risers featured in the stream and bog garden.

Lady Anne's Garden is the home of an enchanting selection of spring specialists. Colourful rhododendrons, magnolias and cherries provide shelter for a fascinating selection of shade-loving plants. The woodland walks provide a wonderful selection of wild flowers: sheets of primroses are followed by bluebells, while the orchard and fruit and vegetable garden boast blossom from a wealth of trees, a scene brought to life by the buzzing of bees searching for pollen.

Visitors are invited to take part in the Easter Daffodil trail from Friday, April 6 to Monday, April 9 from 10am-4pm. Invigorate mind and body and follow the clues on the trail through a host of golden daffodils.

Among ideal short break accommodation near Rosemoor, just two miles from Great Torrington, is Cloister Park Cottages, Visit Britain four star two self-catering cottages which sleep four or two.

At Broomhill Sculpture Garden and Art Hotel, Muddiford, you can enjoy snowdrops, daffodils, primroses, bluebells and azaleas this spring as well as amazing works of art.

The 10-acre gardens, which feature around 300 sculptures including Greta Berlin's seven-metre red, patent leather stiletto, are open all year round11am-4pm.

Winding paths lead to sculptures set in woodland gardens and around the trout lake, creating a wonderful balance between art and nature. New works are continually being added.

For more information on events and where to stay visit North Devon.

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