I’ll be the first to admit that our garden doesn’t look its best in winter.
There’s a bit of structural form (a few trees and some raised beds) and a tiny bit of colour from the plants that still have leaves. But it’s predominantly a mass of soggy lawn and bare stems.
So yesterday we took ourselves off to a garden that has been designed to shine at this time of year; the Winter Garden in Battersea Park.
And we were rewarded with an abundance of flowers on a cold, bright January day:
Plus a blast of colour:
And a healthy dose of structure:
The Winter Garden is still relatively new so much of the planting is yet to mature. And I wouldn’t want you to think it’s a complete riot of colour and flowers; most of the flowers are small and fairly inconspicuous from a distance. Armed with a camera, my daughters turned the afternoon into a treasure hunt for winter flowers. This, coupled with the fact that a big adventure playground is just a stone’s throw away, made the visit a big hit with them. And we didn’t even get round to exploring the 200 acres of open space that is Battersea Park, not to mention the children’s zoo. Another day…
By way of a little bit of history, the garden is a memorial to Elaine Hodges, a founding member of the Friends of Battersea Park. Her £10,000 bequest set the ball rolling for further fundraising for the project and rumour has it that the total cost of the garden was in excess of £150,000. The garden was designed by Dan Pearson and opened in March 2011.
There were lots of spring bulbs starting to peep through the soil so we may visit again in a month or so to see how the garden changes over the winter. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.