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Ten Beautiful Gardens to Visit While it's Still Winter

by Veronica Peerless

At this time of year the last thing you might want do is visit a garden – there will be nothing to see, surely? But make the effort and you’ll be surprised. There’s much more to gardens in winter than snowdrops, lovely as they are. You’ll be amazed at just how much colour there is, not only from brightly coloured berries and stems but from flowers too. You’ll also be struck by the abundance of strong scents, and the subtle beauty of seedheads and bark. Visit one of the 10 gardens below and you’ll be glad you peeled yourself off the sofa.


Showing below are all 6 records in "Ten Beautiful Gardens to Visit While it's Still Winter"

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill

Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill, Quy Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Winter Walk at Anglesey Abbey is a justly famous. Almost half a kilometre long, it’s packed with winter flowering shrubs like mahonia, wintersweet, viburnum and winter honeysuckle, shrubs with interesting stems and bark, and bulbs such as cyclamen and aconites. There are also over 200 varieties of snowdrops and a stunning grove of Himalayan birches, with vivid white trunks.

The Bressingham Gardens

Bressingham, Diss

The Bressingham Gardens, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk

‘The winter garden need not be dull,’ says Adrian Bloom, plantsman and creator of the Winter Garden at the Bressingham Gardens. Over the last decade he has set about proving it, filling the garden with some stunning winter plants and striking planting combinations. From 18 January 2013 the winter garden is open to the public for the first time.

Dunham Massey

Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham

Dunham Massey, Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham, Greater Manchester

The Winter Garden at Dunham Massey is relatively new (planting began there in 2007) but it’s already packing quite a punch. At seven acres, it’s said to be the largest winter garden in the UK, and is packed with over 700 different plant species. Highlights include a grove of white-stemmed silver birches and carpets of ivy leaved cyclamen.

Hodsock Priory

Blyth, Worksop

Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

The grounds of this 19th century house are home to one of the best displays of snowdrops in the country – it’s awash with carpets of them from early February. Its snowdrop celebrations are now bigger than ever and there’s an alfresco Snowdrop Village that hosts talks, a tearoom, gift shop and plant sales. There’s also a Woodland Café and children’s play area.

Mottisfont

Romsey

Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire

Mottisfont is best known for its roses in summer, but it now has an exciting winter garden too. Planted in 2010, it takes its inspiration from the River Test. Its main feature is a ‘river’ of evergreens, punctuated with clipped box plants that are shaped to resemble rocks in the water. There’s a three-dimensional plant sculpture to wander through, and lots of unusual winter plants too.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens look good all year round, but the Winter Garden, said to be the largest in Europe, is renowned worldwide. It contains more than 650 plants that are at their best between November and March – yes, there really are that many! A wander around the large beds and borders will inspire you to plant more winter beauties in your own garden.


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