Snowdrops and winter gardens in Surrey

Discover the peace and tranquility of the winter garden at Polesden Lacey and the snowdrop-lined Lime Walk. From late January to the end of February snowdrops abound at Polesden Lacey and on the hillside slopes of Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey.

Snowdrops, Plas yn Rhiw, Llyn, Gwynedd

Polesden Lacey, Surrey 

Discover an array of snowdrops at Polesden Lacey in February. There are white drifts lining the Lime Walk down to the formal gardens, but perhaps the best place to see them is in the Winter Garden. Planted by noted botanist Graham Stuart Thomas, this garden really comes to life, with yellow winter aconites, in the depths of the winter frost.

A carpet of snowdrops at Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum 

If you're looking for snowdrops but want to avoid the crowds, Winkworth is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful seasonal beauty. Thousands of snowdrops pop up in clusters around the Arboretum from early February onwards, or earlier in mild winters.

A white bench looking down on the amphitheatre and lake in the frost

Claremont Landscape Garden 

Shake off the winter gloom with an invigorating walk around Claremont's historic royal landscape. Say hello to the waterfowl braving the cold, admire the huge eighteenth-century grass amphitheatre and warm up with a slice of delicious cake and coffee. It's a lovely place for a romantic walk.