Beningbrough is known for its beautiful gardens and parklands, and we have an dedicated team of both staff and volunteers that care for the plants all year round. This is the time of year when all the hard work put in throughout the year is rewarded, as it’s the springtime when beautiful flowers start to appear. We want to update you on what you can see in the coming weeks.
Daffodils and Magnolias are blooming and blossom is starting to appear, which really is a sign that spring is upon us. Right now, there is peach and apricot blossom in the glasshouse, but soon cherry, pear and apple blossom will be appearing all around the gardens. The cherry tree lawn comes into its own in spring with billows or carpets of confetti like pink blossom.
You might not be aware that new fences have been installed this year at the coach entrance to the Beningbrough estate or exit point if travelling by car. These were put in not just to improve the overall look of the parkland, but also because it was apparent that there used to be railing in that area. All around the new fences, bluebells can be seen growing right up to the Pike Ponds Wood, which is a perfect walk to do at this time of year. Bluebells are not only by the new fences however, they are popping up all over the Parkland. With the clearing work carried out in this part of the parkland the bulbs really are benefiting from the increased light. There are maps available at reception with a range of walks from 20 minutes to two hours.
Tulips are emerging in the spring bedding display, and will continue to pop up right into the next month. Rhubarb is now in season (and as much harvest as possible will be used in the restaurant). The first glimmers of asparagus are starting to peep through the soil so look out for this freshly harvested seasonal delicacy too.
Hopefully this post has given you plenty of reasons to come and visit Beningbrough in the coming weeks, and in particular the American Garden which is wonderful at this time of year, the parkland for the bluebells and the blossom on the cherry lawn. Whilst there’s no doubt that the plants are beautiful in the height of summer, the flowers when they are just starting to emerge are not to be missed.
We also offer a free guided garden walk on Wednesdays, where a dedicated volunteer will talk about the history of the gardens, and the seasonal highlights. Alternatively, feel free to stop and chat to a gardener if you see one passing, they will be happy to answer any questions!