Winter gardens in London and the South East

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.

Man walking across winter parkland scene

Winter walks at Sheffield Park and Garden

From pushchair friendly paths in the landscape garden to our circular walk on the parkland which takes in woodland, countryside and Skyglade, there are plenty of opportunities for a brisk winter walk at Sheffield Park. Don't forget to finish your visit with a warming drink in the Coach House tearoom.

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy

'Stowedrop' season

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.

View down the historic avenue from Ham House's south gates

Winter walks at Ham House

There are many different ways to explore the garden at Ham House this winter. For families enjoy a winter garden trail and tick activities off your 50 things list, or discover more about the garden on a garden history tour or enjoy a leisurely stroll and warm up in our Orangery cafe afterwards.

Bright winter stems in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

The winter garden at Mottisfont 

Mottisofont's winter garden is at its best from late November into early spring. Stroll through paths that wind through winter-flowering shrubs and perennials, chosen for colour and scent. This one-acre garden glows with brilliantly coloured winter bark from dogwood and ornamental bramble, while berries, fruit and perennials also provide colour during the shortest days of the year.

Snowy exterior of the south front, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Make the most of winter weekends at Waddesdon Manor 

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.

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

Gardens for all seasons at Cliveden 

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.

Snowdrops, Plas yn Rhiw, Llyn, Gwynedd

Polesden Lacey 

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.

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Nymans 

During wintertime the garden at Nymans is at rest, but not asleep, with snowdrops, flame coloured cornus stems, scented daphne and colourful camellias flowering throughout the garden.

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.

Snowdrops, Plas yn Rhiw, Llyn, Gwynedd

Petworth 

For the first glimpse of spring visit Petworth and see swathes of snowdrops that carpet the Pleasure Grounds - a welcome sign of warmer days to come.

A clump of primroses

Spring flowers at Hughenden

Queen Victoria often sent Disraeli spring flowers and his love for these floral gifts shone through in his letters to her.

Stark tree on the Basildon Park estate

Winter walking at Basildon Park

Different evergreen shades can be spotted amongst the trees in winter. Enjoy a relaxing stroll following the paths around the garden as you take in the views overlooking the River Thames and into the Chilterns.

A pond that supplied water to the Emmetts estate near Toys Hill and Emmetts Garden, National Trust places in Kent

Winter walks at Emmetts Garden

Blow away the cobwebs on a frosty walk around Emmetts Garden. Follow one of our downloadable trails and you may even end up at our neighbouring National Trust places of Toys Hill and Chartwell.

The Pleasure Grounds at Osterley

The Garden at Osterley in Spring

An 18th Century formal garden, transformed during a six year long project from an overgrown wilderness back to their full grandeur of herbaceous borders.

View of the Elizabethan cottages and ornamental stone urn at Ightham Mote, Kent

Visiting Ightham Mote in January and February

Get your walking boots on. Come and enjoy some of our wonderful walks through this area of outstanding natural beauty, set on the edge of the Kentish weald.