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Winter wonderlands

Experience the magic of winter in a beautiful location

Stowe, Buckinghamshire (c)National Trust Images, Jerry HarpurStowe, Buckinghamshire

There's still plenty of nature to be seen in winter, just look to winter gardens. Cast your gaze over frost-jewelled lawns and marvel at the velvety evergreens in a selection of winter English gardens. 

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Dunham Massey, Cheshire - Winter Garden (c) National Trust Images, Jonathan BuckleyDunham Massey

The Dunham Massey seven-acre winter garden is the largest of its kind in England, with over 700 different plant species and 1,600 shrubs, trees and evergreens. Set in a magnificent 300-acre deer park, Dunham Massey has colours and scents to delight the senses throughout the winter season. See the velvet green of evergreen trees contrasted against the haory frost and snow. 

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Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland (winter) (c)English Heritage Trust, Derek St Romaine (5)Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens

Crisp frost and low sunshine show off Belsay's sharp and symmetrical formal beds filled with strongly-scented flowering Christmas box. Don’t miss the pinkish red rhododendrons which burst into flower in the quarry garden in November, with a large Chusan palm planted by Sir Charles Monck adding a taste of the exotic among the ice and snow.

Find out more about Belsay Hall, Castle, and Gardens

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Yorkshire

RHS Garden Harlow Carr (Main border in frost) (c)RHSRHS Garden Harlow Carr

Winter provides magical scenes of rolling frost-tinged fields, bold-coloured stems, fragrant winter flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses creating drama. Enjoy brisk winter walks, a hot drink in Bettys and some early Christmas shopping in the large RHS gift shop.

Find out more about RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Stowe, Buckinghamshire (c)National Trust Images, Jerry HarpurStowe

Garden designer ‘Capability’ Brown’s first major commission and one of the most magnificent landscape gardens in England. Enjoy the satisfying ‘crunch’ of walking on frosty grass, spectacular views, hidden corners and over 40 temples and monuments. Stowe is the perfect spot for a winter’s walk, for family bonding or a romantic walk in the snow.

Find out more about Stowe

 

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire (c) VisitEnglandSir Harold Hillier Gardens

A long-established winter garden, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens have more than 650 different plants specially grown for their winter effect. A palette of bold coloured stems and evergreens in stunning shades of green, grey, blue and yellow.

Find out more about the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

Cambrige University Botanic Garden (c)VisitEngland, Iain Lewis VE18756Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Winter Garden brings together coloured stems, bark and foliage texture with winter flower and fragrance. Follow the gently curving path and watch the light of the setting winter sun flood into the shallow valley.

Find out more about the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

For more English Gardens, take a look at the Snowdrop Festival

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