Discover the hidden wonders of winter gardens across the country!
We have curated a list of the most captivating winter gardens that are waiting to be explored. Despite the chilly weather, these gardens are bursting with vibrant colours and fascinating sights, offering an enchanting experience for visitors.
Proud partners of National Garden Scheme, renowned for their incredible line-up of open gardens available for booking this season. We have handpicked a selection of our top favourites that you won't want to miss out on.
CHAWTON HOUSE, HAMPSHIRE
Snowdrops and spring flowering bulbs are scattered through this 15 acre listed English landscape garden. Sweeping lawns, wilderness, terraces, fernery and shrubbery walk surround the Elizabethan manor house.
ELWORTHY COTTAGE, TAUNTON
1 acre plantsman's garden in tranquil setting. Island beds, scented plants, clematis, unusual perennials and ornamental trees and shrubs to provide year-round interest. In spring, pulmonarias, hellebores and more than 350 varieties of snowdrops.
HIGHER CHERUBEER, DEVON
1¾ acre country garden with gravelled courtyard and paths, raised beds, alpine house, lawns, herbaceous borders, woodland beds with naturalised cyclamen and snowdrops, kitchen garden with large greenhouse and orchard. Winter openings for National Collection of Cyclamen species, hellebores and over 400 snowdrop varieties.
OLD HALL FARMHOUSE, NORFOLK
Enjoy a morning or afternoon visit to this charming garden full of snowdrop cultivars, hellebores and other winter flowering plants. The owner will welcome you and give an introduction to collecting and growing snowdrops.
WEEPING ASH GARDEN, LANCASHIRE
Created by retired nurseryman and photographer John Bent, Weeping Ash is a garden of year-round interest with a beautiful display of early snowdrops. Broad sweeps of colour lend elegance to this stunning garden which is much larger than it initially seems with hidden paths and wooded areas creating a sense of natural growth.
THE MANOR HOUSE, STEVINGTON
The Manor House Garden features avenues of white stemmed Himalayan birches, eucalyptus and metasequoia. Topiary forms a major interest with a snaking dragon, tiered hollies, a jury scene etc. Paths are lined with colourful cornus, rubus, viburnum, honeysuckle and sarcococca. Grass borders swish and sway, aconites and snowdrops play their part too. Garden featured on Gardeners' World, 'Winter Specials'.
SPRING PLATT, KENT
1 acre garden with panoramic views of the Weald. Major reconstruction taking place but still have approx 500 different varieties of snowdrops in raised sleeper beds but many more now planted in grass around the garden with spring flowers in borders. An extensive collection of alpine plants in a large greenhouse. Vegetable garden, natural spring fed water feature and a croquet lawn.
TIMBER HILL, SURREY
Welcome to 16 acres of informal garden, park and woodland; enticing views to Surrey Hills from the hill. Enjoy winter and spring walks, through witch-hazel and winter honeysuckle, crocus and snowdrops, daffodils/narcissi and spring flowers, then gorgeous bluebells and azaleas and fleeting cherry blossom. Stunning camellias in Feb, March and April. Pretty borders in May.
ROBINSON COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
10 original Edwardian gardens linked to central wild woodland water garden focused on Bin Brook, with small lake at heart of site, giving a feeling of park and informal woodland, while keeping the sense of older more formal gardens beyond. Mature stately trees frame central wide lawn running down to the lake. Much original planting is still intact. More recent planting inc herbaceous borders and commemorative trees. No picnics. Children must be accompanied at all times. Tickets must be booked on line in advance. Please collect guidebook from Porters' Lodge.
LEXHAM HALL, NORFOLK
Parkland with lake and river walks surround C17/18 Hall (not open). Formal garden with terraces, roses and mixed borders. Traditional working kitchen garden with crinkle-crankle wall. Year-round interest; woods and borders carpeted with snowdrops in February, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias in the three acre woodland garden in May, and July sees the walled garden borders at their peak.