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.

Tiny yellow acconite buds

Polesden Lacey

Jamie Harris, Head Gardener at Polesden Lacey, describes Graham Stewart Thomas' winter garden, a hidden masterpiece that comes to life with colour and fragrance 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.

An empty bench by the lakeside in winter at Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum 

Laced with frost and dotted with unusual winter blooms, Winkworth Arboretum becomes a secret haven of botanical beauty during the colder months. Wrap up warm and discover 149 acres of understated tranquility in this fascinating wintry woodland.

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

Claremont Landscape Garden 

Get your New Year's resolutions off to a flying start 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 enjoy a little winter greenery as you pass through corridors of laurel and rhododendron.