Several National Trust gardens are open all winter when, with the leaves off the trees, new, long views are revealed. The emphasis of such gardens shifts in winter. With noisy herbaceous borders lying doggo, you look more at the structure of the garden, notice avenues, statues and viewpoints. The 17 acres of garden at Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon were first laid out by Sir Thomas Acland and his agent, John Veitch, when the house was rebuilt in 1777. Later Veitch founded a famous nursery that sent plant hunters all over the world. Many of their plants found a home in this garden, which is open every day from 10.30am until dusk. Admission (winter only) pounds 1.
Polesden Lacey, near Dorking, Surrey was left to the National Trust by the Hon Mrs Ronnie Greville, the society hostess and friend of Edward VIII. A path leads past the herbaceous borders to a special winter garden, protected by three large Persian ironwood trees. Mrs Greville is buried outside the walled rose garden, watched over by 18th-century French statues of the Four Seasons. The garden and grounds are open daily from 11am until dusk. Admission pounds 3.
During his time at Rowallane, Hugh Armytage Moore filled the garden (which he had been told was "not fit to graze a goat") with unusual trees and shrubs, many from the southern hemisphere. This was always a plantsman's paradise, the trees and shrubs grouped in a natural way in the landscape, amongst strange cairns of local rock. The garden is open Mon-Fri from 10.30am until dusk. Admission pounds 1.40. For an entertaining account of Trust gardens, see Stephen Lacey's Gardens of the National Trust (National Trust, pounds 29.99).Reuse content