Today is the official start of the meteorological summer so what better way to celebrate than to experience the beauty of nature in all its glory?
Wherever you look everything is so lush and colourful that it makes you just want to get out and enjoy it, weather permitting.
But where are the best places in and around Nottinghamshire to see the very best mother nature has to offer?
We put together a list of the seven best gardens you can visit in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area to give you a few ideas.
1. Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park, Nottingham
ScreenName130 on TripAdvisor said: “Wonderful walks round the lakes surrounded by rhododendrons, with lots of ducks and geese, plus parkland full of deer and really good kiddy park.”
2. Newstead Abbey Park and Gardens, Nottinghamshire
Georgina B on TripAdvisor said: “There is quite a lot to do as the gardens are large and very beautiful. The house is only open on weekends though I imagine it would be lovely to visit for the gardens alone.
3. Felley Priory Garden, Nottinghamshire
Sheena S on TripAdvisor said: “I have been here several times to look round the gardens which are very well kept and include several unusual plants. This time I specifically came to visit the bluebell wood and was not disappointed. The whole wood was carpeted in the glorious colour blue. It was amazing”
4. Clumber Park Gardens, Worksop
Glynis H on Trip Advisor said: “The peace and the beauty of the surroundings makes you feel at one with nature. It is an absolute must for young children and to see their faces light up is magical.”
5. Belvoir Castle Gardens, Leicestershire
AustrianTraveller_11 on TripAdvisor said: “Very nice. A very pleasant sunny Sunday afternoon. Superb gardens to explore and enjoy the sunshine. A super visit and good value too.”
6. Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham
Chris Cope on Google said: “Beautifully restored gardens and a great tea room. We’ve been visiting the gardens for nearly 20 years and never tire of them. Sweet pea week is a must.”
7. Hodsock Priory, Worksop
Georgina Briggs on Google said: “Went on the bluebell walk - an absolutely breathtaking display, only open limited days but well worth a visit. Had been on the snowdrop walk previously which is also worth doing.”