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Top ten must see places for spring flowers in Surrey

by Jo on February 18, 2018

My family photography clients come from all over Surrey including Hampton Court, Kingston, Esher, Cobham and Richmond and the surrounding areas.

A huge perk of the job is that I get to see the amazing sea of colour that explodes across Surrey in Spring time on a regular basis – Lucky me :)!

With so many beautiful locations in Surrey, choosing ten was difficult but here are my top ten with flowering highlights and best times to see them.

Definitely worth checking out their websites before you head down as most of them will have a garden update with the very latest information.

1. Kew Gardens

Highlights: Crocuses, Daffodils and Magnolias

When: January – April

With over 5 million bulbs, Kew Gardens has to be the very best place for spring flowers in the UK! With flowers blossoming as early as January, Kew is definitely worth a visit.

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2. Isabella plantations

Highlights: Rhododendron and Azaleas

When: April and May

Positively bursting with colour the Isabella Plantation is a beautiful spot in Richmond Park, well worth checking out.

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Little boy amongst the Azaleas in Isabella Plantation

3. Woodland Gardens in Bushy Park

Highlights: Daffodils, Camellia, Magnolia, Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

When: Feb to early April

The Woodland Gardens is a firm favourite in our family, with so many beautiful flowers and winding pathways.

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Camellia flowering in the Woodland Gardens

4. Hampton Court – The Wilderness in spring

Highlights: Daffodils

When: March

In the early 1800s, Daffodils were planted in the open areas, increasing year on year until today there are over 12,000, with around a million bulbs in the garden in total, making for a breath-taking spring display.

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5. Virginia Waters

Highlights: Magnolia and Rhododendrons

When: March / April

A huge variety of spring flowers come to life at Virginia Waters. Daffodil Valley in The Valley Gardens, the Spring Wood at The Savill Garden. For me the highlight is always the stunning The magnolias in The Valley Gardens. The sheer size of the blossom is absolutely breath-taking.

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Young man enjoying spring flowers at Virigina Waters

6. Winkworth Arboretum

Highlights: Snowdrops and Azalea

When: Early February – End of April

The azalea walk is a mass of colour at the end of April, lining the path to the boathouse which overlooks the lake.

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Snowdrops on the woodland floor in spring

7. Ham House

Highlights: Tulips

When: End of April

In 2016, 16000 new spring bulbs were planted with highlights including a display in the Vine border incorporating crocuses, narcissi and over 2000 white tulips.

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8. Rhododendron Wood – Leith Hill

Highlights: Rhododendron

When: early blooms in February/March then continuing to bloom in April, May and June.

Take a relaxing springtime walk to experience the beauty of rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells in this gorgeous woodland at the foot of Leith Hill. There’s a map provided for an easy 1hr long walk through the beautiful wood.

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9. Claremont Gardens

Highlights: Camellias, cherries, azaleas and rhododendrons

When: April and May

Enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens and finish up in the castle playground for the kiddies. It’s a win win situation!

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Camellia Claremont Gardens

10. Ramster Gardens

Highlights: Camelias, Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons and the carpets of bluebells.

When: March – May

Ramster Gardens, in Chiddingfold, offers a beautiful display of spring blossoms, I promise the drive is worth it!

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Why not make the very most out of the beautiful spring displays and check out my Spring Family Photoshoots

Spring flowers in Surrey


I’m not just a family photographer though. I’m unashamedly passionate. I’m thrilled that you’re here and honestly can’t wait to work with you to create something extra special.

Spring flowers in Surrey