Hever Castle Tulips “A Hidden Gem”

May 06 2016 | Attractions Garden

Tulips at Hever Castle

As spring takes hold across the county, the stunning Hever Castle tulip display is in full bloom. Arguably one of the best gardens to see tulips in Kent, the garden is alive with over fifty different varieties of this springtime favourite.

Head Gardener, Neil Miller, described the tulip display at Hever Castle as “a hidden gem” commenting that “the south-east is renowned for tulip festivals and the explosion of colour along Pergola Walk brings a carnival like atmosphere to the formality of the Italian Garden.”

Tulips at Hever Castle

The Hever Castle gardeners plant up to 5000 tulip bulbs each year, with the varieties carefully selected to complement the colour theme of the spring bedding displays, and to provide a long flowering season.

Each year the bulbs are dug up at the end of the season, with many replanted in the borders along Pergola Walk adding to the vibrant mix of colours in these less formal tulip displays.

Keep your eyes peeled for some of these stunning tulip varieties across the Hever Castle gardens:

 Tulips - Hever Castle

Top Tips for your Tulip Display

Highly prized in Holland in the 17th century, at one point tulips were so popular that some varieties were worth ten times the annual income of a skilled worker. Create your own festival of tulips with our top tulip tips:

Our tip for the best place to see tulips in the Hever Castle gardens is to head to the Italian Garden and enjoy the mixture of formal and informal tulip displays.

Tulip Display at Hever Castle