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Without volunteers or visitors the Gardens are at their most tranquil. The birds are singing to their hearts’ content without competition from vehicle noise, the woodpeckers are drumming and hoof prints indicate that the deer are still treating the Gardens as part of their patch!

The daffodils are stunning still; and there are hyacinths, iris and tulips in the Italian garden; grape hyacinths in the margins of the Glade and violets in the grass everywhere.  The shrubs and trees are bursting into life – new magnolia and viburnum and the first rhododendrum flowers in the Japanese garden; and blossom on the peaches, nectarines and plums in the walled kitchen garden.

Luckily we have local Trustees, who are keeping an eye on the Gardens for us.