Winter in the garden

At this time of year, the garden provides a tranquil haven for visitors and wildlife alike. Make some time for a peaceful stroll and enjoy our top things to see and do.

garden tours

Meet the gardener

Have you always wondered what plants you could grow at home? Not sure where to start? Then this tour could be for you - beginning in February and running on the first Sunday of every month.

Snowdrops

Emerging snowdrops

Flowering between January and March, spot beautiful drifts of snowdrops alongside the magnificent stumpery garden - the home of evergreen ferns and spring flowering bulbs. For another view of these delicate beauties, head to the Knoll (in the woodland garden) and enjoy the first glimmers of spring.

Overbecks Cyclamen

Cyclamen

During the winter months, cyclamen grace the Knoll and sit jewel-like amongst the fallen leaves and snowdrops. Their foliage, patterned and shaped in different ways, makes these winter plants very charming. Once the temperatures start to rise, the cyclamen will enter a period of dormancy.

Pink double hellebores in spring garden at Charlecote

Hellebores

Hellebores are a delight to see in shades of pink, green and white. Many are evergreen and some varieties have interesting mottled or silver-like leaves. They're also of great interest to early pollinating insects!

A red stems of the cornus in the Orangery garden

Brightly coloured cornus stems

Rich red cornus stems sing out from the lakeside and can be seen from the driveway approach as we get closer to spring.

Male hawfinch at Sizergh

Hawfinch spotting

Wrap up warm, bring your keen eyes and ears and challenge yourself to spot the elusive Hawfinch. Usually making an appearance in late February and throughout March. A good spot to wait for this shy creature is on the café veranda in the early hours. Top tip: bring your binoculars as you'll often see the Hawfinches feeding on the fallen seeds from the hornbeam trees in the car park.