Ah, January. A month of wistful memories of past festivities, but also joy in new beginnings, fresh starts and healthy new habits. Gardens may seem like the last place you would be like to be on a cold January day- but sometimes emerging from hibernation on a crisp, stark winter’s day is just what’s needed to blow away the cobwebs, and spark some inspiration for your own outdoor space…

The Big Houseplant Takeover

RHS Wisley, Woking, Surrey- January 25th- March 1st- 10-3pm- Normal Garden Admission Applies

RHS Wisley really does have some cracking events and stupendous spectacles at their world class garden and horticultural research facility. We really are so lucky to have it on our door step here in Surrey. From 25th January, you’ll be treated again by the team where you’ll be able to step into a house reclaimed by its plants long after its human inhabitants have left.

Take a trip to Wisley and discover a whole new world of giant houseplants that have outgrown their glasshouse…

Visitors to the Glasshouse will find a banana plant has pushed through the roof, carnivorous plants feasting in the dining room and cacti playing chess. You may also spot a few plants have grown rather too large and now tower over their relatives. That’s certainly reason enough to abandon the house for a couple of hours, and the kids are bound to be enthralled too!

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Hampshire – 10-4pm- Free With Garden Admission

Are you a wildlife lover? What better way to spend a January day than to assist with the RSPB’s annual survey, where every bird sighting and species is recorded and added to an invaluable data base, painting a detailed picture of the current diversity of our feathered population. Bring your binoculars to try and spot the many different wild birds that visit the gardens at Harold Hillier. Last year over 30 species were spotted including; fieldfare, redwing and a heron.

A beautiful Fieldfare feasting on all important winter berries

The results will be recorded on the gardens’ Facebook page and available to view at the gardens themselves. Be part of something wonderful whilst getting all the benefits of being outdoors in nature. Fingers crossed for great weather!

Daily Garden Tour at Kew Wakehurst Place

11-30am Daily- Included in Garden Admission-Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex- No Prebooking Required

Join the guides at Kew Wakehurst on a tour lasting 1-1½ hours giving you the chance to see plants of seasonal interest and discover the fascinating history of the estate.

The guides will concentrate on the ornamental gardens close to the Mansion, looking at plants of seasonal interest as well as explaining some of the history of the house and gardens. They will also look at the vital conservation work being undertaken in the Millennium Seed Bank and by Wakehurst’s horticultural team. 

Learn something new with a guided walking tour of the Kew Garden Estate at Wakehurst Place

Guides at Wakehurst are all dedicated volunteers with a wide knowledge and passion for the gardens. The free tour is designed for individuals and families, and will really add interest to a visit to this special garden and horticultural centre.

Sissinghurst Winter Weekend Opening

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Cranbrook, Kent- 11/12th January- 11-4pm-National Trust Admission Applies

Discover the bare beauty of the garden in winter and the structure which provides the frame work for abundant planting later in the year every weekend. Sissinghurst is famous as the epitome of the English Garden; a result of the creative tension between the formal design of Harold Nicolson and the exuberant planting of Vita Sackville-West. Walk at your leisure around parts of the garden not normally open at this time of year to discover the structure and architecture at its best, and let the inspiration flow for the growing year ahead..

The stunning White Garden at Sissinghurst, in its winter glory