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Winter in Christchurch's Botanic Gardens

Winter is the quietest season in the Botanic Gardens, which is perhaps unsurprising because of the cold weather! However, it is still well worth wrapping up for a visit in winter as there is plenty to see

Hellebores – the arrival of the cooler weather means the arrival of the winter roses! Check out the Maple Border for the delicate hellebore popping up (our favourites are the pretty crimson ones).

Conservatories – the warm interior of the tropical house makes Cuningham House conservatory a popular place to visit in winter, but it’s well worth checking out the amazing plant displays (spot the banana tree!) Make sure you also pop in to adjoining Townend House to see the colourful winter cyclamen and begonia displays.

Annual bedding – the stunning ribbon planting on the Armstrong Lawn is a welcome splash of colour in the colder season. The winter bedding displays are planted in March and this year are filled with violas, poppies, pink kale – and even flat-leaf parsley!

Early blooms – you know spring is on the way when the early spring flowers start to show their faces! Check out the magnolia and azalea garden (the magnolia trees have buds on them already), the cherry blossom grove near the Peace Bell and the Daffodil Woodland for Instagram-worthy early blooms.

Wrap up warm and visit Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens this winter!