Winter plants in full spring and a Jacobean-style country house.
For most of us, winter is a time for winding down and curling up in front of the telly. But in the Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey, it’s less downtime and more prime time.Before we go any further, we should probably point out that this is not actually an ‘abbey’, but a rather lovely Jacobean-style country house – renovated in the 1930s by flamboyant bachelor, Lord Fairhaven.
Today, the 114 acres of gardens are awash with exotic plants and peaceful walks, and it’s in winter that things really come alive. Under the watchful eye of head gardener Richard Todd, a carpet of white snowdrops make their first push out of the ground, while the winter honeysuckle warms cold noses with its distinctive sweet scent.
In fact, there’s over 150 species of plant competing for your attention during January and February – one of our favourites being the hairy legs of the Japanese Wine Berry, which glow pink against the cold light. As you navigate the intricate web of paths that thread between these colourful gardens and the silver birch shimmers in the chilly winter air, you’ll have just one thought: who needs spring?
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