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Tulips at Forde Abbey

April 23 - May 15

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During the months of April and May, over forty thousand tulips will be in bloom in the garden, a spectacular sea of colour and a wonderful sight to enjoy in Spring.

It’s an annual delight that started in the Autumn of 2013, when 13,000 bulbs were planted in the herbaceous beds to give an early start to colour. Keen to evolve the tradition of tulips and with a mind to sustainability, Joshua Sparkes, our head gardener, has created a fresh new design for 2019 that allows tulips to have more of a perennial nature.

Velvety reds and purples will feature under a canopy of acid green, and oranges and whites intermingling with pinks. After the pared back minimalism of the Winter scape, it’ll be a Spring catwalk of colour bolstered with biennials to include; white foxgloves, delphiniums, wallflowers, purple hesperis and white honesty, purple and black kale and flowering rocket.

Two interconnecting swirls have also been planted with tulip bulbs to allow visitors to be able to wander through an immersive planting scheme of tulips either side. Later on in the year, the tulips will give way to wild flowers, providing a flower-filled six months of blooms.

Membership cards are valid and the usual discounts apply.


April 23
May 15


Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey
Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU United Kingdom
01460 220231

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