January may seem a strange month to visit gardens. The shrubs are dormant and the decidous trees have lost their leaves but just because the garden seems quiet, there’s still lots to see.

Here are the gardens I’ve visited this month:

1. Rufford Abbey

The Abbey with garden at Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

Once a Cistercian Abbey, it became a private home after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. And don’t miss the wonderful 18th century bathhouse in the Orangery. For more information about Rufford Abbey, click here.

2. Chiswick House and Gardens

Pink camellia flowering in the SHeffield Botanic Garden, Sheffield

Chiswick House and Gardens were created in the 18th century by the Earl of Burlington and William Kent. In January, the camellias start to flower introduced to the gardens by the 6th Duke of Devonshire who was passionate about gardening and horticulture. For more information about Chiswick House, click here.

3. Sheffield Botanic Garden

Hamamelis flowering in the Sheffield Botanic Garden, SHeffield

Created in 19th century for the people of Sheffield, the gardens were designed by Robert Marnock. Highlights in January are the highly scented flowers of the Sarcococca – Sheffield holds a National Collection of the shrub – camellias and hamamelis. For more information about Sheffield Botanic Gardens, click here


For a full list of winter gardens, click here


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