As we reach the depths of midwinter, you may fear that many gardens have finished their displays for the year. However, there are plenty of gardens that have colour, structure and interest throughout all the seasons, so you can still get plenty of use out of your 2-for-1 card, even as days get shorter and temperatures plummet. Whether it's the white buds of snowdrops or bright bark of dogwood, there is lots to discover as you enjoy a winter walk around any of these gardens.

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Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden / Image: Joe Wainwright
Bodnant Garden / Image: Joe Wainwright

Renovated and opened to the public in 2012, the Winter Garden at Bodnant is a highlight within the 80 acres of gardens. Once a neglected Edwardian rockery, it is now a spectacular winter display of flower, foliage and colour. From early January, you may even find snowdrops beginning to poke their heads out of the ground. With flowers in bloom across the seasons for pollinators, and seedheads providing food for wildlife, you can spot animal life in the garden even in the depths of winter. Plants with berries encourage birds to stop by the garden. Follow the 3km river walk to see bright skies reflected in the water and pass through the arboretum of mature trees.

  • Disabled access: Partial
  • Dogs: Not permitted
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Hot food

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Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey
Polesden Lacey

Only 25 miles from the centre of London, Polesden Lacey is the perfect place to escape the city for a hearty winter walk. You may find you smell the Winter Garden before you see it, as the aroma of Sarcococca scents the air. Persian ironwood trees, snowdrops and winter aconites carpet the ground of outer borders. Embark on the ‘wellness walk’ around the park and enjoy viewpoints out over rolling hills.

  • Disabled access: Partial
  • Dogs: Permitted on the lead
  • Single visitor discount: Yes
  • Refreshments: Hot food

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Cambo Gardens

Cambo Gardens

At Cambo Gardens, you can discover the Plant Heritage national snowdrop collection with over 350 varieties. Meander through the winter garden following the markers in the ground or pick up a map as you make your way down to the sea amongst the ground cover provided by snowdrops and aconites. Once at the coast, keep an eye out for the visiting birdlife. As well as the historic formal walled gardens, the Cambo estate maintains 70 acres of woodland stretching down to the St Andrew’s coastal path.

  • Disabled access: Not accessible
  • Dogs: Permitted on the lead
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Hot food

Find out more about Cambo Gardens in our 2-for-1 scheme

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Osterley

Osterley ©National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

The winter garden has been a burgeoning project at Osterley Park and House for several years. Visit on a winter day when the low sun illuminates the bright stems of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Spot the violet Iris reticulata ‘George’ peeking out amongst the papery whites of snowdrops and nodding Clematis urophylla ‘Winter Beauty’. Keep your eyes peeled as you approach the Temple of Pan, The Garden House and the flower picking garden for plenty of winter interest.

  • Disabled access: Not accessible
  • Dogs: Permitted on the lead
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Hot food

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Sir Harold Hillier Garden

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

For midwinter inspiration, there are few places better to visit than the Sir Harold Hillier Garden. Their Winter Garden bursts to life with over 650 cold-season plants covering almost four acres. Height is provided by mature birch trees, whilst bright barks and stems provide colour and structure. For floral interest, look out for the soft pink heathers or the early-flowering Camellia sasanqua. Look out for the bed of salix and dogwood for a vivid palette of barks and stems.

  • Disabled access: Partial access
  • Dogs: Not permitted
  • Single visitor discount: No
  • Refreshments: Hot food

Find out more about Sir Harold Hillier Garden in our 2-f0r-1 scheme

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