Winter in London
Savour the winter scenery as you saunter through Ham House and Garden. See how the Cherry Garden gleams after a light dusting of frost and warm up with a seasonal snack at the Orangery cafe.
The ever-evolving Winter Garden at Osterley provides bursts of coloured bark, fabulous leaf shapes and seed heads to spot, with snowdrops appearing during the early months of the year too. Perfect for a winter adventure with the family.
Peaceful frosty mornings in the park are the perfect antidote to a busy day in south London. Explore the wide open spaces of the South Park or head to the wetlands to spot winter birds before warming up with hot drinks from the Potting Shed café.
The garden at Rainham Hall is a continuous community project featuring a wildlife-friendly woodland and several natural play features for children too. In winter as the trees turn bare the low winter sun opens up beautiful views towards the house. And if you’re visiting in late January you’ll spot snowdrops bringing a welcome splash of bright white colour to the garden.
Blow away the cobwebs with a bracing walk through the meadows at Runnymede this winter. The Magna Carta tea-room will be on hand with hot drinks to warm up chilly hands. Snowdrops arrive in late January, tucked away under the trees in Coopers Hill Woods, an early sign of spring on the horizon.
Spring in London
Mosey through the meadow and then soak up spring sights around the gardens, or simply breathe in the scent of fresh wisteria along the walls of the Kitchen Garden and Orangery Café.
Scented blooms fill the air as spring arrives at Osterley Park and House where rich aromas are accompanied by swathes of bright yellow daffodils. See cheerful cherry blossom line the Winter Garden as primroses poke through by the Temple of Pan.
Spot fluffy goslings bobbing along the Thames at Runnymede during spring along with colourful splashes of bluebells in Coopers Hill Woods. Bring the whole family along and make the most of warmer days with a refreshing walk.
Wander into the walled garden at Fenton House and find a sumptuous display of soft blossoms in the orchard. With the grass left to grow longer a meadow of seasonal wild flowers immerge accompanied by 2000 white hyacinths.
Summer in London
Daylilies and phlomis bring colour to the summer boarders at Red House as climbing roses clothe the house itself. Enjoy a sheltered walk among soft pinks and reds in the rose arch before settling down for a picnic as William Morris and his family would have done in the orchard.
Spot colourful dragonflies and damselflies whizzing by on a wander through the meadows at Runnymede during summer. Grasses and wildflowers grow long giving the meadows a hazy colour, perfect for keen photographers. There are plenty of shady patches to enjoy under the trees of Coopers Hill Woods and the cafe will be on hand with cooling treats.
Contrasting colours combine to create a vibrant display in the lawn boarder at Fenton House and Garden during the summer months. In the North Terrace cosmos and salvia stretch to impressive heights whilst in the Kitchen Garden and orchard the serious business of growing begins.
Wander the formal gardens, walled kitchen garden and relax in an environment filled with plants from the time of the Duchess of Lauderdale.
Settle in to the sculpted amphitheatre and enjoy the sunshine as coral and ‘plum pudding’ poppies will emerge in the newly seeded wildflower meadow. See dragonflies and cinnabar moths move from the meadow to the mixed perennial boarder with its vibrant summer display.
The formal gardens at Osterley Park and House offer a relaxing retreat from urban life with herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. Look out for the original Robert Adam summer house full of lemon trees and highly scented shrubs then take a break on the deckchairs on the temple lawn or a picnic in the ancient meadow, bursting with wildflowers and butterflies.