Gardens and parks in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

In winter, our gardens are beautiful and uplifting landscapes where you can wander in peace. Skeleton trees and frost-rimmed topiary create dramatic backdrops to brilliantly coloured dogwood and pink cyclamen. At Mottisfont silvery ornamental bramble and winter flowering shrubs are bright in the low winter sun. The rich fragrance of wintersweet and daphne fills the air at Hinton Ampner. And at The Vyne winter mists create beautiful scenes over the huge lake and wetlands, full of migrant birds.

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Birch trees in the winter garden at Mottisfont


Mottisfont’s winter garden glows with colour during the shortest days of the year. This one acre space has matured into a unique landscape full of winter flowering shrubs, richly coloured winter bark, bright berries and fruits. Sweet-scented witch hazel, vibernum and wintersweet fill the air as you stroll along the garden’s winding paths.

Frosty view of the church and garden in winter at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Hinton Ampner 

In these intimate gardens you’ll discover wonderful winter fragrance and panoramic views. Take in heavily scented sweet box and daphne, winter aconites and rich blue irises. In the walled garden rich red stems of cornus contrast with the graceful white branches of ‘ghost’ bramble.

Mist rising from the surface of The Vyne's lake

The Vyne 

In winter The Vyne’s huge lake and wildlife-rich wetlands are often shrouded in a soft mist - perfect for winter photography. Historic views have been opened up, revealing glorious vistas across the lake to the parkland. You’ll find litters of snowdrops too - at the entrance and in the Wild Garden.