All around the country gardens are whisking off the dust covers, getting out the china and throwing open their gates to a new season of garden visitors. Nothing cheers you up after a grey winter as much as a cheery display of daffs and spring shrubs in far greater numbers than you have the time or space to squeeze in at home. (Although if you want to, you can take a look at our bulbs in the green, available throughout March). Even if you do, here's our pick of gardens worth visiting this month...
Docton Mill Gardens, Devon
Narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhodos, azaleas, bluebells and twenty-five varieties of magnolia promise a spectacular display with a bog garden, wildflower garden, herbaceous borders and river walk. Added bonus? An award-winning tea room. Their cream tea rather demands another walk round the garden to work it off....
Wentworth Castle Gardens, South Yorkshire
Snowdrops, primroses and hellebores have already made an appearance in the gardens around the eighteenth-century castle. In March, they direct visitors to the Fernery and Lady Lucy's Shrubbery for displays of camellia and narcissus. For the more energetic, there are walks around the Grade I listed parkland. For the less vigorous, the Tea Room serves local produce, including estate-reared venison.
Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
A woodland garden with carpets of daffodils, crocuses and bluebells in spring. There's also plenty for the children, with a meadow with log bridge, stepping stones and stream, rope swings and ducks to race (for those who were not brought up on pooh sticks).
Please go to the gardens' websites for details of admission, opening times etc.