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.
During wintertime the garden is at rest, but not asleep. Spot snowdrops in the top garden and delicate witch-hazels in the walled garden while buds burst into bloom as winter gives way to early spring.
See the season's highlights in the Kitchen Garden at Chartwell including snowdrops from late February, pick up an estate walks leaflet at Ightham Mote and enjoy the abundance of snowdrops at Sissinghurst.
Have an outdoor adventure whatever the weather at your local National Trust place this February half term. Pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and get the children out into nature. Become a bird detective with winged heroes Bat and Robin at Hughenden, or join us at Petworth House and Park for an exciting long-weekender of activities in celebration of the night sky. There are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained.
You might think of gardens being a spring or summer thing, but there's still plenty to see in our gardens across the South East this winter. From snowdrops at Stowe in Buckinghamshire, to aconites at Polesden Lacey in Surrey and brightly coloured dogwood at Mottisfont in Hampshire.