The glorious sunshine this Valentine’s weekend saw so many visitors enjoying the delights our gardens have to offer. My adventures took me around the Surrey Hills, starting off with a walk around the very busy and ever popular Polesden Lacey, surely the most visited National Trust property in the South of England. New shoots are bursting forth with snowdrops, crocuses and early daffodils in evidence both at Polesden Lacey and also at the lesser known Hatchlands Park, only 8 or so miles away. Both properties feature a tea room and a shop with ample parking, but we decided to head over to the beautiful village of Shere for tea, where The Dabbling Duck cafe provided a very generous cream tea with delightful service despite it being so busy. Shere has it’s own open garden scheme which I hope to be able to report on later this year.