A Festive Wonderland for Garden Enthusiasts at Barnsdale Gardens


Experience the enchantment of Barnsdale Gardens this December, where all 38 individually designed gardens shine in their unique glory, making it a magical destination regardless of the season. As winter unfolds, Barnsdale becomes a captivating wonderland for Garden Enthusiasts , drawing visitors to revel in the festive spirit.

Stunning Gardens in December

Discover the beauty of Barnsdale’s gardens at their winter best, each offering a visual feast for the senses:

  • Winter Border: Originally designed by Geoff Hamilton and revamped in 2016, the Winter Border is a spectacle leading up to Christmas and beyond. Adorned with a variety of snowdrops, winter aconite, Narcissus, Mahonia, Fatsia, and more, this garden is a sensory delight, enhanced by the intoxicating fragrance of Sarcococca.
  • Country Paradise Garden: Inspired by Geoff Hamilton’s Paradise Gardens series, this garden captivates even in colder months. Unusual snowdrops, Epimedium foliage, Cornus sanguinea ‘Annys Winter Orange’ stems, and fragrant Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’ flowers create a picturesque scene. Hellebores, Leucojum, and dwarf Narcissi add to the floral tapestry.
  • Memorial Garden: A tribute to Barnsdale’s creator, Geoff Hamilton, the Memorial Garden boasts a bronze bust, surrounded by masses of snowdrops and bi-colored daffodils. A locally crafted bench provides a serene spot to appreciate the beauty.
  • Rose Garden: Once an overgrown plot, the Rose Garden now showcases over fifty rose varieties. With evergreen black grass, Photinia leaves, Heuchera, and Bergenia, this garden offers year-round interest. Daffodils, muscari, snowdrops, and frosted perennials contribute to its charm.

December Events

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with these exciting events at Barnsdale Gardens:

  • ‘Breakfast With Santa’ (9th and 10th December): Enjoy a delightful breakfast, followed by cupcake and gingerbread decorating. Santa will visit all the children, and after the festivities, kids can meet Santa in his grotto and receive a special present. To book, call 01572 813 200.
  • Christmas Wreath Making Workshop (2nd and 3rd December): Create stunning wreaths using freshly gathered foliage and floral treasures from Barnsdale Gardens. The workshop includes materials, equipment, a seasonal lunch, and festive treats. Book on the Barnsdale Gardens website.

Embrace the joy of the season at Barnsdale Gardens, where there’s something captivating to see and do all year round.

Photos credit Steve Hamilton

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