Stories of people & places, festivities & traditions from my travels around the world
Hatfield House's Woodland Garden in Spring
by Lucy Hornberger
Hatfield House is famous for its beautiful formal gardens, but early in the year it is the adjoining Woodland Garden
that really stands out. Carpeted with snowdrops and daffodils, and dotted with magnolia, plum blossom and a proudly unseasonal bright pink rhododendron, it's a beautiful place for a stroll on a sunny March morning.
To see the Woodland Garden in its spring finery it is necessary to attend a 'garden preview' event (the visitor season officially opens only from the Easter weekend). Two preview events are usually held in March, one under the auspices of the National Gardens Scheme
and another for Lady Salisbury's Annual Charity Coffee Morning. See the Hatfield House event calendar
for dates and details.
Hatfield House is about 20 miles north of central London. Conveniently, the main gates for pedestrian access are located directly opposite Hatfield Station (Kings Cross to Cambridge or Peterborough lines).
Article & photos posted March 23rd, 2016
Text and photos copyright © 2016 Lucy Hornberger. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.