Top ten winter gardens

Garden Organic, Ryton
In the heart of England lies the Ryton gardens, home to Garden Organic. Ten acres of stunningly moulded grounds demonstrate the versatility of organic gardening throughout the winter months. The gardens act as a sanctuary for wildlife and can be visited throughout every season. With the largest 100% organic restaurant in the Midlands it boasts a unique menu of locally sourced produce from in and near the gardens.

Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
The National forest and Pinetum is based in the Southeast of England. The land at Bedgebury is 10,000 strong in trees and shrubs and has the most comprehensive collection of temperate conifers worldwide. There is plenty to do around the park such as, archery, cycling, walking and horse riding and it is home to a children’s play area and Go Ape adventure centre. From 2nd-4th December, the park’s walled garden will become the venue for the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair where there will be food, drink and exhibits open to enjoy. Perfect for winter strolls, the park is full of wildlife. See if you can spot a badger or Fox, Deer or even a Lizard.

Rosemoor, Devon
The 65 acres of garden that lie in the Torridge Valley are captivating and delightful no matter what the season. The unique garden is an inspiration to many visitors who return time after time to borrow ideas and enjoy a relaxing day out. The distinctive winter garden is open every day except Christmas day and visitors can stroll around the lake and woodlands breathing in the crisp winter air. The winter sculpture exhibition runs from 27th November to 27th February and will display a collection of thought provoking work spread throughout the gardens.

Eden Project, Cornwall
The world famous Eden project was built in redundant clay mines and transformed into a beautiful and astounding global garden. Gathering around one million visitors each year, the Eden project is a phenomenal build, filled with fabulous colours and exotic plants to be seen all year round. From the Mediterranean to the Rainforest and through the outdoor garden, the greenhouses are situated in a 50 metre deep crater the size of 30 football pitches. Whatever the weather, this is a great winter garden with plenty to discover and experience. During the festive season the gardens come to life with specially imported firs and birches covered in fairy lights. A fibreoptic light display decorates the domes at night and a skating rink tops it off for a real Christmassy touch.

Hyde Hall, Chelmsford
Hyde Hall’s gardens offer sights and events through every season. Ending November with style, Hyde Hall is taking on the festive spirit by inviting Santa to it’s grounds this Christmas. On 11th and 12th December, the Winter Wonders event embraces the cold with a walk through the grounds and a warm up with a mug of hot chocolate and chestnuts. The 360-acre estate enables visitors to loose themselves in nature. The dynamic garden changes to meet the challenges posed by the site and soil and has a diverse range of plants to interest any avid gardener.

Tatton Park, Cheshire
The National Trust owned park is one of the North West’s most popular heritage attractions. With over 750,000 visitors each year, the 1000 acres of deer park, gardens and farm dates back to the Bronze Age and has housed deer since the 13th Century. The 50 acres of garden have been developed over 200 years and is a replica of the garden’s Edwardian existence. The Glasshouses give a fairly accurate representation of the original flowers and plants at Tatton Park and grow pineapples alongside other fruits.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
One of the worlds finest botanic gardens, this outstanding area promises to refresh and relax your mind as you stroll across the grounds in the crisp winter breeze. In winter, the gardens take on a different character as views change due to fallen leaves, beyond bare branches. Home to astounding flora and forna from warmer climites, the gardens glasshouses are an exciting contrast to the 70 acres of outside foliage and provide a warm winter paradise to escape from the cold.

Stourhead, Wiltshire
The Wiltshire based gardens lie in their own secluded valley and feature one of the most handsome landscapes of the 18th-century. The gardens surround a vast and beautiful lake with classic temples and grottos to explore throughout. Ancient trees swamp the landscape and a magnificent bridge features on the lake at the heart of the grounds.

The Winter Garden, Sheffield
Sheffield’s Winter Garden boasts one of the largest temperate greenhouses to be built in the UK in the last century. The stunning greenery that has developed inside the build sits in the heart of the city. Growing inside the 70 metre long greenhouse is 2, 500 plants from around the world. The building plays host to the Bessamar Gallery and has direct access to The Peace Gardens, which occupy 0.67 hectares and surround eight large water features, which make up the Holberry Cascades.

Cambo Estate Gardens, Fife
Untamed throughout the winter, the estate is home to a Victorian built walled garden designed around the Cambo burn. Decorated with weeping willows, waterfalls and wrought-iron bridges the gardens are informal and naturalistic with plantings of rare herbaceous vegetation adorning the area. Standout features of the landscape include a cultivated lilac walk, 70-acre woodland garden, and a collection of over 160 varieties of specialist snowdrops.


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