Snowdrops and winter gardens in Thames Valley

The first spots of colour start peeking through in our gardens and countryside in winter in the Thames Valley.

Snowdrops at Hughenden, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Disraeli loved the flowers at Hughenden 

The Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli had a soft spot for flowers and would be pleased to see that snowdrops still pop up at Hughenden to this day

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy

'Stowedrops' and winter flowers

It won’t be long before you see the gardens bursting with snowdrops or as we fondly like to call them ‘Stowedrops’. Enjoy chilly walks in the New Year to spot the early signs of them peeping through as they develop in the masses throughout the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden.

Snowdrops growing in a woodland

The garden during Winter at Basildon Park 

Different evergreen shades can be spotted amongst the trees in winter and holly is gathered for our Christmas decorations throughout December. Enjoy a relaxing stroll following the paths around the garden as you take in the views overlooking the River Thames and into the Chilterns. And the tea-room will be open daily serving light lunches and cake.

A dusting of snow on the Blenheim Pavilion at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire 

Wrap up warm and make the most of the winter exploring frost-jewelled corners of the gardens. You'll find spots of colour too, thanks to bright red berries, creamy hellebores, fiery dogwoods and more.

Snowy exterior of the south front, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire 

The garden becomes a magical place at winter time, with beautiful walks, stunning views and adventure to be had around every corner. Don't forget the Stables cafe is open at weekends 11am-4pm, serving hot and cold food.