Your article: Attraction looking its blooming best for festival

Tulips at Burnby Hall Gardens.
Tulips at Burnby Hall Gardens.

Last year Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens saw 50,000 people coming to experience a location that has been referred to as a ‘jewel in Yorkshire’s crown.’

Whilst best known for its impressive national collection of more than 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily, which bloom on the two ornamental lakes in the summer, its spring Tulip Festival attracts many thousands of visitors to the iconic Gardens in late April to early May.

Indeed, the annual Tulip Festival, which begins on 25 April, has proved to be one of the most popular events at the Gardens. This year is its third consecutive festival and it is hoped that it will be the best yet.

More than 14,000 tulips, comprising over 30 varieties of bulb, will be on display. These can be seen formally displayed in tubs throughout the Gardens and in the flower beds all around our nine acre site, providing a cascade of colour and beauty for the spring.

Behind the scenes, planning began back in the autumn of 2014. With military precision, estate manager Ian Murphy drafted up a detailed planting plan to ensure that all of the bulbs would be displayed to their very best advantage once spring arrived this year.

November 2014 saw the delivery of the bulbs from Chelsea Flower Show award-winners Bloms Bulbs. Each individual bulb required planting by hand throughout the Gardens and the gardeners did a fantastic job in the freezing cold winter weather. The results of this painstaking work can now be seen in all their glory for our visitors to enjoy.

If you have never visited Pocklington’s very own annual celebration of tulips, then why not pay a visit.

The festival runs between 25 April and 9 May and will be a beautiful and colourful way to enjoy a lovely spring day. The Gardens are open between 10am and 5.30pm daily, with last entry at 4.30pm.