Top winter gardens in the South West

Whilst plants and flowers sleep other parts of the garden come into their own during winter. Bare trees with a frosty glaze, lakes frozen over and leaves dusted with snow. Here's a few National Trust gardens in the South West to see over the winter.

View of the Fal river from Trelissick main lawn

Trelissick garden and café

There are 12 hectares (30 acres) of garden to explore, with twisting paths leading you through important collections of flowers, together with woodland plants and herbaceous borders that provide year-round colour and interest. Don't forget to pop into the café for a warming brew.

Deer at Dyrham Park in Winter

Winter at Dyrham Park

The park and garden are awash with snippets of winter colour and the house is open throughout the winter months to explore.

Killerton's grade I listed chapel with a blanket of cyclamen, Devon

The garden in winter

The garden at Killerton changes through the seasons, but always has something to offer. Find out more about what to look out for on your visit.

banana plants at overbeck's in Salcombe, South Devon

We are now closed until February 2019

Tucked up in their garden shed with cups of tea pouring over seed catalogues is how many visitors might imagine our gardeners in the chilly winter months. If only. This is a busy time for the team – planting, rebuilding, repairs, cleaning, and tree work are just for starters.

Morning sunlight coming through the columns of the Temple of Apollo at Stourhead

Walks for dogs at Stourhead winter garden  

They are welcome in the landscape garden all day, every day from December-February. Please help us by keeping your dog on a lead and picking up after your doggy.

A close up shot of beans in the vegetable garden in the summertime

What happened over winter in the Kitchen Garden

The cold, winter months might seem like quiet months for the Knightshayes kitchen garden, but they often find themselves a lot busier then you might imagine. What jobs did they get up to? From pruning to seed planning, find out what being an all year round productive garden involves.

Two visitors walking the garden at Greenway in the winter, with the river in the backround

Greenway garden in winter

Winter weekends are a great time to explore Greenway garden; there are woodland walks and river views to enjoy during November and December weekends.

Palladian bridge at Prior Park in frost and sunlight

Things to see in winter

Winter in the garden opens up a new world of life and variety. Find out why it's worth coming in this special season.