The warmer, longer days mean that April is a wonderful month to spend time outside and enjoy the garden. Spring is in full flow, and our gardens are bursting to life.
The Royal Horticultural Society mark this time of year with ‘National Gardening Week’, an annual celebration of gardens and gardening, which takes place from Monday 26th April to Sunday 2nd May 2021. Last year’s lockdown saw a huge growth in interest in gardening – the RHS saw a 50% increase in traffic to their advice pages during April 2020 – for many that lockdown interest has matured into an enduring love of growing.
Whether you’re a kitchen gardener, hoping to attract more wildlife to your garden, or love filling your outdoor space with flowers and fragrance, now is the time to get out there and get gardening!
There are lots of great online resources for gardeners, listing what to plant, prune and look out for on a month-by-month basis – so even if you’re a novice gardener, you needn’t worry about what to do, when. Gardener’s World lists advice every month, categorised by flowers, vegetables, and for attracting wildlife. Sarah Raven’s monthly advice also singles out the cutting garden, so is perfect if you’re keen on growing flowers for the home. Sign up for her newsletters and you even get a weekly guide, too. This guide from House and Garden features some beautiful, simple garden ideas along with practical tips.
While this is a busy month for gardeners, don’t forget to also take some time to enjoy just being outside – take a cup of tea into your garden, take in the sights and sounds of spring, and look forward to the summer ahead. Have a look at our Teak Garden Loungers page for more inspiration.
Gardens to visit
Even the best gardeners need inspiration! Fortunately here in West Sussex we are surrounded by some beautiful gardens that are open to the public, and provide plenty of ideas. Here are a few of our favourites:
Woolbeding is a garden with great design very much at its heart. Developed under the watchful eyes of Simon Sainsbury and his partner Stewart Grimshaw, and now managed by the National Trust, the garden consists of a series of formal garden rooms and a more informal pleasure ground. Expect stunning herbaceous borders, quirky follies, and some wonderfully modern touches.
The Sussex Prairie Garden draws visitors from around the world to Henfield, West Sussex, thanks to its eight acres of stunning, naturalistic planting. Created on a family farm, there is no castle or stately home at its heart – it describes itself as an ‘extraordinary garden created by ordinary people’. Designed as a series of interlocking huge borders, the planting consists of large groupings of perennials and grasses in a free-flowing style. The colours are designed to suit the natural landscape. Garden tours are available for anyone keen to find out more about how to make this style work in their own gardens.
RHS Wisley in Surrey is the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society and rightly so. Spring at Wisley means a riot of colour from the carpet of 200,000 crocus bulbs on the Conifer Lawn, thousands of daffodils, and swathes of heather coming alive in Howard’s Field, planted to mimic the Surrey heathland. The Rock Garden and Glasshouse are always worth visiting too, and fun for children and adults alike.
Whether you’re enjoying your own garden, or getting out and about, we hope you are able to enjoy the outdoors this month. We offer a 10% online discount for any customer photos of our Teakunique furniture that we use in our social media – send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org.