1 April 2021

Longer daylight hours and warm spring sunshine mean that the gardens are really beginning to wake up from their winter slumber.

April is an exciting month at Furzey Gardens as the colours on display become more varied and particularly vibrant.

As you enter the gardens, the view across the top lawn hints at the delights which await you on your stroll around the gardens. In bloom during the earlier part of the month are our magnificent magnolia trees, including magnolia stellata and magnolia kobus, the flowers dance brightly as their branches sway gently in the breeze.

Magnolia in flower at Furzey Gardens

Around the garden you can begin to enjoy the riot of  colour from our collection of azaleas and rhododendrons.

Of particular note are the rose pink flowers of our rhododendron racemosum, violet blue thanks to our augustinii rhododendron and blood red blooms of rhododendron thomsonii.

We have been cutting back and clearing some older plants too, which has given some smaller specimens their moment to shine.

Rhododendron Thompsonii and Rhododendron Racemosum

One of the standout blooms in Furzey this month is the taihaku ‘Great White Cherry Blossom Tree’.  Also look out for amelanchier lamarckii (sometimes called juneberry) in full bloom and a range of flowering apples, including the malus robusta.

If you want to strike up all of your senses, then you should pay our osmanthus delavayi a visit. They have white, jasmine-like flowers, produce the most incredible smell and are very attractive to butterflies.

Osmanthus delavayi at Furzey Gardens

Finally, welcoming yellow tones come in the form of our corylopsis collection and forsythia, contrasting brilliantly with the purple and pinks on display from our azaleas and rhododendrons.

Corylopsis and forsythia

We’re currently working on planting new wild native trees and shrubs around our work area, including viburnums, white fawn, hawthorn and field maple.

We are slowly working our way back to full capacity this month as Covid restrictions begin to ease, with our usual social distancing measures still in place.

The gardens and tea rooms are open seven days a week all the way through to October now, so we hope you will find a convenient day to come and enjoy a relaxing wander around our woodland garden.

There is also a bird trail for our younger visitors to explore through the Easter holidays, collect your trail cards from the welcome host on entrance.

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