Winter at Anglesey Abbey
This winter season, join us at Anglesey Abbey to experience the Winter Garden at its best, taking a sensory journey of colours, scents and textures through the winding paths or blow away the cobwebs on a longer walk around the grounds. We're open daily from 9.30am.
The Winter Garden
We have recently marked 21 years since the opening of our, now famous, Winter Garden. Planted to commemorate the centenary of Lord Fairhaven's birth in 1896, the quarter of a mile path contains over 150 different varieties of plants. The plans for the garden began in the spring of 1998, by then Head of Gardens for the National Trust, John Sales and Richard Ayres, the then Head Gardener. It was formally opened in the November, with Betty Boothroyd, the then Speaker of the House of Commons, planting a giant redwood tree at the starting point of the root. The tree still stands today - can you spot it?
The design of Lord Fairhaven's garden meant that there was always an area of beauty, regardless of the season, with the one exception of winter. An extremely sensory mix of plants, the Winter Garden now offers colour, scent and beauty in the frosty months of January to March.
This area of the garden has become a firm favourite with both staff, volunteers and visitors alike. Nobody can forget the striking image of the silver birch grove planted to create a grand finale.
Over time, some of the beds have deteriorated, and you can now see some of the work that we've been able to achieve, which is a first step towards restoring the planting.