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Beat the winter blues with these gardening events, from woodland walks and flower displays to wildlife days and art exhibitions.

Butterflies in the Glasshouse

Girl looking at butterflies in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley. RHS/Neil Hepworth

Girl looking at butterflies in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley. RHS/Neil Hepworth

RHS Wisley Gardens, Surrey

16 January – 6 March, 9.30am-4pm

Explore the wonder of butterflies in the famous glasshouse ‘jungle’. Discover exotic and exciting butterflies in a myriad of colours and patterns among the tropical plants and flowers. Look out for species like giant owl and blue morpho.

You can also learn about their feeding habits and life cycles with interactive displays, and watch new butterflies unfurl their wings in the puparium.

Book tickets here.

Painting the modern garden: Monet to Matisse

Joaquin Sorolla - Louis Comfort Tiffany. Courtesy of the Hispanic Society of America

Joaquin Sorolla – Louis Comfort Tiffany (1911). Courtesy of the Hispanic Society of America

Royal Academy of Art, London

30 January – 20 April, Saturday – Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-10pm

Explore the depiction of gardens in paintings in a landmark exhibition. Claude Monet once said “I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers.” And he is now the starting point for a landmark exhibition on gardens in art, covering works from the 1860s to the 1920s.

See over 120 of the most important works from Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde painters including Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Sargent, Van Gogh and Matisse.

£17.60 for adults, concessions available. Under 16s go free.

Book tickets here.

Orchids at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, Surrey

6 February – 6 March, 10am-4.15pm

February is carnival season in Brazil and Kew Gardens are celebrating with exotic plants and habitats. Delve into mysterious forests of orchids and bromeliads in spectacular colours.

The displays will be created to bring the carnival spirit to Britain. Look out for the pond display and enormous ‘rainforest tree’ sculptures. Plus learn about Kew’s vital conservation work in Brazil.

£14 for adults, concession, child and family rates available. Ticket price includes entry to the garden and other buildings.

Book tickets here.

NGS Snowdrop Festival

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Locations across England and Wales

Throughout February

Join the first ever snowdrop festival and explore local gardens in the National Gardens Scheme. Over 100 gardens in England and Wales will open to the public to feature stunning snowdrop displays.

Discover different varieties of snowdrops and take a walk through stunning surroundings. It’s the perfect way to get you in the mood for spring. Plus the entrance fee is donated to charity. Find your nearest NGS garden for opening dates and times as well as prices.

Visit the NGS website.

P.S. Live in Scotland?

Visit Scotland is running its own Snowdrop Festival from 30 January – 13 March. Find a list of venues, dates and times online.

Go to Visit Scotland’s website.

Chiswick House Camellia Show

Camellia Middlemist's Red. Chiswick House and Gardens

Camellia Middlemist’s Red. Chiswick House and Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens, London

11 February – 13 March, 10am-4pm, closed Mondays

See the stunning displays of camellias in the Chiswick House conservatory. It is believed to be the Western world’s oldest collection under glass and includes rare and historically important varieties. It includes one of only two known varieties of Middlemist’s Red in the world, brought there from China in 1804.

The camellias come into flower during February and March, creating a wonderful display of pink, red, white and striped blooms.

Free entry, fee applies to enter the house.

Book tickets here.


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