Spring has well and truly arrived at Hever Castle, and while you can’t enjoy a visit to the award-winning gardens right now, there’s no better time to take a virtual tour
April is a wonderful time to view the gardens as spectacular carpets of late daffodils bloom across the estate. The grass is lush and green and the blossoms of the fruit trees are pink and delicate in the orchard. Walls are covered in camellias and tulips provide a kaleidoscope of colour along Pergola Walk. Spring bedding includes heavily scented hyacinths in Blue Corner and bluebells adorn Anne Boleyn’s Walk.
Hever Castle is best known for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn but the beautiful gardens at Hever Castle were the vision of William Waldorf Astor and were laid out between 1904 and 1908, turning marshland into the spectacular gardens and lake you see today.
One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor’s collection of Italian sculptures. Over 1,000 men worked on the grand design, with around 800 men taking two years to dig out the 38-acre (14.2 ha) lake at the far end of the Italian Garden. Within four years the 125 acres (50 ha) of classical and natural landscapes were constructed and planted. The garden is only now reaching its full maturity.
Hever Castle, and the garden team that continue to maintain the 125 acres, are working to bring the gardens to life with a series of virtual garden tours, gardening tips and some insight into their much-loved areas of the garden and favourite plants.
Watch the latest garden tour here