29 January 2020

In Pictures: Winter wonder at Wakehurst

Journey through our beautiful winter landscape with this stunning seasonal photography.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

Wide shot of dogwood in the Winter Garden

Our wild botanic garden in Sussex is bursting with winter beauty during the cold season.

Bethlehem Wood boasts strikingly stark birch trees (Betula), while Coates Wood is rich with the colour of evergreen pines.

But our Winter Garden is the true jewel of the winter landscape at Wakehurst.

The Winter Garden

Purple Cyclamen and white snowdrops (Galanthus) add a dazzling pop of colour to the garden. 

Swathes of the beautiful flowers make a colourful carpet alongside the twisting garden path.

Colourful flowers in the Winter Garden at Wakehurst in wintertime
The Winter Garden at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Cyclamen and snowdrops in Wakehurst's Winter Garden
Cyclamen and snowdrops in Wakehurst's Winter Garden, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Cyclamen in the Winter Garden at Wakehurst
Cyclamen in the Winter Garden, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Wandering into the Winter Garden, you might smell the delicious perfume of the witch hazel (Hamamelis) before you see its vibrant yellow flowers and dainty ribbon-like petals.

Close up of witch hazel (Hamamelis) in Wakehurst Winter Garden
Witch hazel (Hamamelis) in the Winter Garden, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Siberian dogwood (Cornus alba 'Sibirica') ignites the landscape with its fiery red tones and contrasts to the neutral shades found elsewhere in the gardens during wintertime. 

Wide shot of dogwood in the Winter Garden
Dogwood in the Winter Garden, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Spicy scents, blooming flowers and bright tree barks are all highlights of our Winter Garden, along with its stunning winter-flowering heathers.

Plants in the Winter Garden at Wakehurst
Winter Garden, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Purple and white flowers in the Winter Garden
Winter Garden, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Himalayan Glade

Venture down to the Himalayan Glade to witness its wild and dramatic terrain. You might also meet one of our pheasant visitors.

Here, you'll see the spectrum of green shades of our wild collected plants arranged by country.

Enjoy the views of the deep valleys and high ridges, magnificently exposed in the winter season. 

Himalayan Glade at Wakehurst in winter
Himalayan Glade at Wakehurst in winter, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Westwood Valley

Head down Westwood Valley and you'll be treated with a spectacular view across Loder Valley Nature Reserve with its woodland, meadows and reservoir.

Along the way you'll see a wonderful and wild collection of plant species, from rhododendrons and magnolias to maples (Acer), alders (Alnus) and oaks (Quercus).

Close up of tree bark in Westwood Valley at Wakehurst
Westwood Valley, Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Close up of moss on tree roots at Wakehurst
Moss on tree roots at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
View over Loder Valley at Wakehurst in winter
View over Loder Valley, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Bethlehem Wood

During this chilly time of year, the colourful trunks of our National Collection of birches (Betula) glow in the low sunlight, from deep brown to silvery white. 

Don't miss the layers of peeling birch bark, which expose the smooth inner bark underneath.

Visit Wakehurst to experience this winter wonder for yourself.

Close up of peeling bark on birch tree in Bethlehem Wood, Wakehurst
Peeling bark on birch tree in Bethlehem Wood, Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Colourful flowers in the Winter Garden at Wakehurst in wintertime

Enjoy winter at Wakehurst

Whether you are a regular visitor or planning your first trip to Wakehurst, find out how you can make the most of your day.

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