Skip to main content
Garden Team Blog

Welcome to the 2024 season – March 2024

By March 1, 2024No Comments

It’s been a very wet winter for us in the gardens (and for everyone else!), but we have been able to get a lot of work done!

Although we are at the beginning of March, a lot of Camellias and Magnolias are already in full flower as the mild weather is encouraging the plants to open their flower buds much earlier this year. And what a show it is!

I’ve been at Marwood Hill Gardens for 50 years, and the Camellias are probably the best I have seen them in all that time – so it is worth coming to the garden just for them! Some plants are literally covered in bloom. Not only in the gardens are they a wonderful sight but also in the Camellia greenhouse. Some visitors ask why are they growing in the greenhouse? The answer is Dr. Smart, the founder of the gardens, planted them there in the 1960s and because of the protection they get the flowers don’t get damaged and are also bigger and more spectacular.

Pink Camellia

The Magnolias in the garden, for which there are nearly 100 bushes, are also flowering early and giving a spectacular display as we haven’t had any frost to damage the flowers (yet). As more and more flower, a wander up to the far hillside and looking down from one side of the valley to the other is an awesome sight.

We have been open this year in February for our grand display of Snowdrops and we intend to extend this display further display by lifting and dividing some of them and planting them further through the gardens.

A lot of new developments has taken place over the winter and will continue throughout spring with many new plantings of trees and shrubs to be made as well as new areas of herbaceous plants. There is plenty to look forward to as spring takes over from a wet and soggy winter.

Do enjoy your visit, there is plenty to see as well as many unusual plants in our sales area waiting to be bought… We try to have plants that you won’t see in other Garden Centres.

Of course, after your walk around the Gardens, the Tea Room is a welcoming sight and provides delicious cakes and light meals (several of which are new for the 2024 season!) as well as the popular homemade scones.

Leave a Reply