Head gardener's January highlights at Greys Court

Close up of winter berries in the walled gardens at Greys Court

There’s never a dull moment in the gardens at Greys Court, so why not brace the cold this winter for a walk around our wintery gardens, and you’ll be sure to find peace and quiet in Lady Brunner’s haven of tranquillity.

Winter wonders in the walled garden

January may not be full of colour at Greys Court, but there’s a subtle beauty to the winter flowers and stark beauty of the bare, frosty trees. Look out for the winter sweet and honeysuckles in the cherry garden, viburnums and witch hazels, as their flowers are sure to stand out. These wintery delights also fill the air with a beautiful perfume.

Search for unique trees on the estate

Whilst the landscape may be barren this time of year, it creates stunning rolling views across the parkland now the trees have lost all their leaves. The bare trees also show off the beauty of their unique shapes and the textures and colours of their barks. The Cinnamon bark tree is particularly unique at the bank of the parkland near the house, the beautiful orange colour of the bark looks beautiful in both sun and rain. 

View over the Chiltern Hills, Greys Court, Oxfordshire
View across the Chiltern hills from the benches at Greys Court in winter
View over the Chiltern Hills, Greys Court, Oxfordshire

January is also the time of year to see the snowdrops bursting through the frosty ground by the maze. The blanket of white flowers lights up the otherwise bleak area. There’s also chance to see the early daffodils blooming, a ray of sunshine against the grey of the winter months.

Gardens jobs we're doing

Throughout January we’ll be working hard pruning the wisteria and apple trees, as well as getting on with the planting in the greenhouses, ready for a fruitful bounty in the kitchen garden come harvest time. The garden guides will also be offering daily tours of the garden. If you have any questions, ask a member of the garden team, as we’re always about somewhere in the garden.

Frosty kitchen garden at Greys Court, Oxfordshire
Frost and winter sunshine in the kitchen garden at Greys Court
Frosty kitchen garden at Greys Court, Oxfordshire