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Guernsey may only measure 25 square miles but it is bursting with natural beauty. We are also lucky enough to have the islands of Herm and Sark a short boat ride away, and Alderney a little further north. All four islands give their own special natural delights and add to the overall Floral Guernsey experience.

Keep an eye out for Guernsey's Wild Flowers!  Rare orchids, exotic lilies, pink Pimpernels... Guernsey's mild maritime climate and early spring keep the Island decorated in colourful wildflowers for most of the year.

February/March - The Primroses, Daffodils, wild Garlic and Campions start the spring off.

March/April - Bluebells in the wood - In late March and early April there is an explosion of blue on the coastal paths especially between Del Mar Court and St. Peter Port, when the area becomes carpeted with millions of native Bluebells to mark the start of Guernsey's early spring.

April - Colourful Clifftops - Miniature lilac Sand Crocuses and bright pink Sea Thrift flowers make a walk along Guernsey's sunny cliffs a riot of colour.  Guernsey has 28 miles of dramatic clifftop paths to explore - only 5 mins from Del Mar Court and 20 mins from La Bellieuse and Le Douit.

May - Fields of Wild Orchids and Giant Echiums - The Bridget Ozanne Orchid Fields of Les Vicheries are considered the best in the British Isles, resplendent with four varieties of wild orchids.  Also in evidence are the Giant Echiums, their spectacular flower spikes reaching heights of three metres or more.

June - a burst of yellow! - The bright Yellow Flag Iris is in full bloom in streams and shallow ponds around Guernsey, whilst the equally bright yellow St. Johns-Wort can be spotted in the Island's hedge banks and coastal grasslands.

July - spot a Guernsey native and an elusive Pimpernel - The red-brown spikes of the Channel Island native Galingale flower can be spotted in damp meadows, as can the Bog Pimpernel, a rarer and smaller pink relative of the Scarlet Pimpernel.  The warm summer weather also sees the 'St. Peter Port Daisy' adorning the walls of the town and the walls of the St. Martin's Parish Church just up the lane from La Bellieuse and Le Douit.

August - tread carefully! - Watch where you step, as the miniature Guernsey Centuary is in bloom - its tiny pale pink flowers are just 1mm long and only open in bright sunlight.  This rare Guernsey species is not found anywhere else in the British Isles.

September - the smallest of orchids - The smallest of Guernsey's wild orchids is the Autumn Lady's Tresses, a spiral of small white flowers found popping up in church yards and short turf.

October - the Guernsey Lily - The Guernsey Lily originated in South Africa and was the first of the Nerine species to be cultivate in Europe.  Its bright pink firework-shaped blooms pop up in October as other flora starts to fade.

The natural flora of Guernsey and its fellow Channel Islands is also celebrated with open gardens, walks and talks during the spring and autumn Floral Guernsey Festivals and the Sark Wildflower fornight in April/May.


Wildflower cliff walks delight as much as horticultural shows, country lanes and cottage gardens which are adorned with daffodils, primroses and violets, to name just a few. Historic formal gardens compete with bluebell woods and natural orchid fields. Commercial growers and nurseries supply cut flowers and plants to the industry, with Guernsey Clematis being renowned worldwide.


Guernsey also has many Environmental Sites with ponds, reed beds, wooded valleys and wet meadows which are a magnet to wildlife, keeping up an important contribution to our environment.


Guernsey has a rich Floral Heritage and a passion for all things horticultural, which reflects in the Island’s private and public gardens.


Every year Guernsey takes part in the national RHS Britain in Bloom competition which keeps our Parishes on their toes, particularly in late summer when judging takes place.


With the islands in bloom all year round you are guaranteed a truly unforgettable floral experience - whenever you visit!

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