Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of ‘razzle-dazzle’, and while gardening can usually be relied upon to be a generally unglamorous (and muddy) business, it’s nice to enjoy a garden decked out with festive twinkle at this time of year. So without further a-do, here’s just some of the enchanting illuminations you can see in your favourite gardens this Christmas.

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

Once again the amazing Jigantics light installation team will be festooning Wisley with wonderful flower-inspired installations to light your path through the gardens. There will also be a festive themed display in the glass house to enjoy.

The garden is open until 8pm with last entry at 7pm. The Glasshouse closes at 7.30pm, last entry at 7.15pm. The Garden closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve, last entry at 4pm. Closed on Christmas Day. For more information, see the website.

Kew Gardens, London

Kew will glitter like a bauble this winter with lights, laser beams and projections illuminating the glasshouse, iconic trees and landscapes. For all the information you need on entry times, costs and getting there, see the website here.

Standen House, West Sussex

Now becoming an annual event, prominent designers are asked to decorate The Winter Tree at Standen House. A universal take on the traditional christmas tree, The Winter Tree allows artists and makers to decorate and create a tree to remember. This year’s tree will be decked-out by Timorous Beasties.

West Green House, Hampshire

This lovely garden looks wonderful at any time of year, but now in the depths of winter you can see it all lit-up. The Illuminated Garden opens on friday 1st december at 4.30pm and runs until Saturday 23rd December. £8.00 adults, £4 children under 16. Free to National Trust members on presentation of membership cards – please don’t forget to bring your card; children under 5 also have free entry. No dogs allowed, except Support dogs. For further information and entry costs see the website.

Further afield…

For those of you wanting to see one of the most celebrated illuminations at a renowned garden then don’t miss out on Eden Project Cornwall – Festival of Light and Sound.

A peaceful and happy festive season to one and all.