Gardens and parks in London
Enjoy the pared back beauty of winter gardens and parks across London, with the low winter sun creating plenty of photo opportunities. See topiary shimmering with frost in the Cherry Garden at Ham House, as if it’s decorated for Christmas. And wander through the Winter Garden at Osterley Park & House, with its colourful bark, berries and blooms.
See how the Cherry Garden gleams after a glaze of frost as you enjoy a winter wander around the outside spaces at Ham House and Garden. When you are done exploring step out of the cold and tuck in to something tasty in the Orangery Café.
The Winter Garden comes into its own at this time of year, with seasonal trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and bulbs all chosen for their interesting leaves, bark, stems or flowers in the winter months.
Follow the River Wandle and find a wealth of winter wildlife as you walk along paths and over bridges at Morden Hall Park. Look out for robins, egrets, herons and even Egyptian geese as you stroll through this urban oasis before stopping for something hot at the Potting Shed Café.
The garden at Rainham Hall is a continuous community project featuring a wildlife-friendly woodland and several natural play features for children too. In winter as the trees turn bare, the low winter sun opens up beautiful views towards the house.
The first snowdrops of the year start to make an appearance in late January and early February. Their delicate white flowers are a welcome sign that spring is just around the corner.
Head Gardener, Andy Eddy has built up a collection of rare snowdrops 'Galanthus ikariae subsp. Ikariae latifolius'. This subspecies has unusually broad, bright green leaves which differ from the more typical blue-grey leaves of the natural snowdrop. You'll spot the natural snowdrop too, dotted around the woodland on the wider estate at Osterley Park & House.
Sprinkled around the 'Plats', the formal lawns behind the house, and through the Wildnerness, snowdrops are the first spring flowers of the year to appear at Ham House,, with crocuses following soon after.
Snowdrops emerge in the Rose Garden in early February, bringing life back to the garden after a long winter. They're soon followed by crocuses and daffodils, splashing colour through the park.