Winter doesn’t have to be bad at all. Winter also has good things and one of them is the views that we can have that are breathtaking! See our Top 5 Exclusive Winter Garden Too Visit.
5. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens contain an astonishing mix of exotic plants within a magnificent 30 acre Grade I listed, sheltered, woodland valley setting.
Subtropical plants thrive because of the garden’s proximity to the English Channel, which helps to keep the worst frosts at bay.
Evergreen magnolias, bamboos and winter flowering shrubs, including daphnes and sarcococca, are just some of the plants to be enjoyed during a winter visit.
There is an exclusive restaurant, shop and plant centre on site. From the winter garden it’s possible to walk to Chesil Beach and St Catherine’s Chapel.
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4. Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum
This is a superb winter garden and arboretum covering some 200 acres, with lakes, cascades and a walled garden, much of which has been redeveloped over the past few years with lots of new plantings.
One of the finest new features is a Millennium Walk, which is designed to be at its best on the shortest days of the year. Here the flowers of witch hazel and winter-flowering honeysuckle fill the cold winter air with fragrance, while swaths of red, gold and white stems of dogwood and Rubus are reflected in the still water of the lake.
3. National Botanic Garden of Wales
At the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the largest single-span glasshouse in the world, designed by Norman Foster, is the perfect place for a midwinter garden outing and offers some exotic escapism from the worst of the weather.
An Exclusive Natural Design Space, The Tropical House is home to some of the most endangered plants on the planet, and has specimens from Australia, Chile, the Canaries, California, Africa and the Mediterranean. It is bursting at the seams with palms, pineapples, coconuts and hundreds of orchids, while outside there are lakes, streams and walks through the magnificent Regency water park.
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2. Sheffield Park and Garden
This informal 120-acre landscape garden was first laid out in 1776 by Capability Brown for the Earl of Sheffield, then further expanded and developed in the early years of the 20th century by Arthur G Soames.
The original four lakes still form the centrepiece of the garden; surrounding them is a collection of trees and shrubs originating from all corners of the temperate world, many of which were planted 100 years ago. In recent years the National Trust has started to plant a new generation of young trees.
In winter, the sculptural forms of the bare-branched trees can be seen at their best, particularly when hoar frost or a light covering of snow dusts the canopy.
1. Ness Botanic Gardens
This delightful 60-acre garden, on the Wirral Peninsular overlooking the Dee Estuary, was founded in 1898 by Arthur Bulley, a Liverpool cotton merchant with a passion for gardens and plant hunting in the Far East.
After his death the garden was donated to the University of Liverpool, which continues to manage it today. In winter, the fine collection of trees, conifers and shrubs, considered to include some of the finest specimens in the country, takes centre stage.
There is also a large indoor conservatory with plants from tropical and arid regions. A new visitor centre offers the chance to warm up after a bracing walk and includes a cafe, lecture theatre, shop and plant sales.
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