During the two months of April and May, when over forty thousand tulips are in bloom in the gardens, we have named the two weeks between Saturday 28th April and Sunday 13th May the Tulip Colour Weeks, when the bulbs are at their best and you can enjoy wandering around the gardens in a spectacular sea of colour.
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 in the Park Garden, on the Mount and in the Kitchen Garden.
Keen to evolve the tradition of tulips at Forde Abbey our head gardener, Danny Burlingham, creates a new design each year. This year’s selection include ‘Spring Green,’ inter planted with ‘Night Rider’, swathes of silvery green ‘Brooklyn’ coupled with ‘Black Hero’ and ‘Gavota’ and a rich combination of ‘Recreado’, ‘Claudia’ and ‘Elegant Lady’ overlooking the house on the Mount.
New for 2018, we’ll be planting a tulip walkway, two interconnecting swirls that allow visitors to be able to wander through a 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.