Having lived in France for many years I finally became homesick, not for the UK but for Yorkshire. What can be more beautiful than the Yorkshire Dales or more stunning than the Moors. And then there are the stately homes and gardens, arboretums, nature walks and so much more. Some are open all year round, others open seasonally. Below are just a selection of my favourites currently open or opening shortly.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum (longer opening hours for spring)
National Garden Scheme in North Yorkshire. Gardens open to the public for limited times – often only one day. I am particularly looking forward to seeing Littlethorpe Manor which you can either tour by appointment or visit on an NGS open day.
3rd April – The Walled Garden at Scampston
25th April – The Himalayan Garden; this is essential viewing for anybody who loves Rhodedendrons and other ericaceous plants. You can also buy many of the plants you see.
24th to 27th April – Harrogate Spring Flower Show; recently rated Britain’s best gardening event.