Tulip Celebrations At Hever Castle & Gardens

Tulip Celebrations At Hever Castle & Gardens

From 18th-27th April

The second Tulip Celebrations event at Hever Castle & Gardens will be even bigger with 20,000 tulips in bloom in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a tulip trail either self-guided or with Hever’s Head Gardener Neil Miller and marvel at the 20,000 tulips, in a myriad of colours and different varieties planted in the Castle grounds; along the architecturally stunning Pompeiian Wall, in the traditional Tudor Garden and the sumptuous Italian Garden.

The Italian Garden at Hever will play host to the largest of the tulip planting displays with a kaleidoscope of colours fanning down the length of the gardens towards the Loggia and the lake.

The history of the tulip will also be celebrated this year with displays and information in the Castle about the Elizabethan horticultural boom where gardens were beginning to expand to include flowers and plants brought from around the globe, including the tulip bulb from Turkey. Visitors can discover artefacts and paintings in the Castle relating to the gardening craze including a portrait of Margeurite de Valois in the Inner Hall which features tulips on the bodice of her dress.

The striking blooms will continue inside the Castle with tulip displays by in-house florist Pamela Brise.

Head Gardener Neil Miller said: “This year we want to share more about the history of the flower and tie it in with the famous residents who lived at Hever Castle itself.  We know that the tulip was officially introduced into the Tudor gardens of England in 1578.  John Gerard’s ‘Herballor General Historie of Plantes’, a book detailing plants of Tudor times, actually lists the plants in his own garden as including 30 different species of tulip.

“As the Tudor world expanded, so did the Tudor garden which were transformed in the 16th century by new species brought from Spain, France, Turkey, Portugal and eventually the Americas. As ‘Tulipmania’ swept through the Netherlands in the 17th Century its effect was felt in England as tulips became a feature of the plant collector’s garden.  We want our Tulip Celebrations this year to really thank these early pioneer gardeners – without whom our gardens in the UK would be far less colourful in springtime.”