Things to do this spring

The Wilderness, looking towards a small tree covered in white blossom. A grass pathway is in the foreground and yellow daffodils dotted around in the grass.

Embrace the longer days

In these difficult times, try to make the most of this special time of year as longer and warmer days begin to emerge and new life starts to appear.

Whether going on a local walk, standing on a balcony or watching out of a window, it is good to appreciate what there is to see and hear around us. If you can get out into woodlands, it's also a great time to spot the bluebells in bloom.

Don't forget, if you are on your walk, take the umbrella in case of an April shower (although this April has seen lots of sun) and observe social distancing!

Sculpture of an elephant made from galvanised wire.

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Sow vegetable seeds

If you fancy growing your own veg, now is the time to give it a go. There are plenty of varieties to choose from. 

Sow indoors for tomatoes, salads, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins, and aubergines.Peas, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, spring onions are some of the seeds to sow outdoors.

Once your seedlings are large enough to handle and have one or two leaves it’s time to give them more room to grow. Greg Leeson, Historic Royal Palaces Horticultural Manager shows you how to prick out seedlings in this easy step by step video guide.

Also check our gardening top tips for more help in your garden with some Q&A's.

A gardener pots seeds in the porring shed, early spring 2020, at Hampton Court Palace

Plant tender summer flowering bulbs

Look forward to wonderful summer flower displays by planting your tender summer bulbs. There are lots to choose from including gladioli, dahlia and agapanthus.

If you are looking for green fingered inspiration, you'll certainly find it in our gardens at Hampton Court Palace  and on our summer flowerbeds inspiration page.

The Dahlia Border at Hampton Court Palace. Showing a large border with various varieties of dahlia flowers and a large hedge in the background under a cloudy sky

Make homemade lemonade


  • 250g sugar
  • 225ml water
  • 6 lemons 
  • 1 1/2 litre water


Put sugar into a saucepan and add the water to make a syrup. Slowly bring to the boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Boil for 2 mins and then take off the heat to cool down. 

Juice the lemons and oranges and add to the syrup once cool. Stir and add water gradually to dilute the mixture to get the desired taste. Put into a jug to serve.


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Boy lying on this front in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace with his family in the background.

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