There’s nothing more uplifting than the sight of carpets of soft white snowdrops. Gardens across the country are opening their gates to the public to show off their collections. Whether you just want to get outside in the fresh air, or you are a real galanthophile, this weekend is likely to be the best chance you’ll get, so visit a garden near you and have a day out, you won’t regret it.
Check your local press and the NGS website for more information on snowdrop gardens to visit. Here are five that we love, but there are plenty more.
Easton Walled Gardens
Easton, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 5AP
We hosted our very first Garden Event here for our Richard Jackson’s Gardening Club, and wow what a garden, it’s so worth a visit. For snowdrop fans there’s a Snowdrop Week (Feb 11 to 19 2017) when the garden is open from 11am -4pm daily for visitors to enjoy these amazing flowers. From small alpine garden displays to huge snowdrop drifts on the snowdrop bank as well as other spring delights to see and seasonal plants for sale. See more at the Easton Walled Garden website.
Blythe, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 0TY
Snowdrop days are well under way at the mecca for galanthophiles. This 800-acre site has over four million snowdrops covering about five acres of the estate. Some are naturalised in the woodlands, others are planted in established displays and the lawns are alight with the tiny white bobbing heads of the flowers. The event runs for a month from Feb 4 2017 until March 5 2017, daily from 10-4pm. There’s a café serving refreshments and you can even enjoy a campfire talk by George Buchanan, manager and ninth resident of Hodsock Priory for a History Talk full of secrets and stories about the estate and his ancestors. Visit the Hodstock Priory website for more information.
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5HH
These privately owned gardens were once the home of the late, great Margery Fish. The gardens open on Feb 1, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am -5pm for the snowdrops and there is a special NGS Open Day on Sunday 19 February. The snowdrops are planted in clumps around the woodland and ditch garden and are a delight. There’s a fabulous display in a raised bed where you can get below the plants and see the flowers close up. Plus there are plenty of other late winter and early spring flowers. Some snowdrops are usually for sale in the nursery, but if you are a true galanthophile do visit snowdrop experts, Avon Bulbs nearby in Mid Lambrook. Visit the East Lambrook Manor Gardens website for more information.
Nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ
Waterperry Gardens has over 60 different varieties of these winter beauties growing in borders and lawns across the site. There are two special snowdrop weekends scheduled to coincide when these dainty flowers are at their best, this year they are 18 – 19 and 25 – 26 February, plus don’t miss the free guided tours each day. The riverside walk is alive with aconites and snowdrops and the prefect place to spot wildlife if you are lucky. Check out the Waterperry Gardens website for more information.
Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival
More than a garden to visit, this is a whole festival for snowdrops and this year it runs for a whole week from Feb 10 to Feb 19 and over half term too so it’s a great event for the kids. It’s a unique project to create Britain’s very first Snowdrop Town and offers a series f free and accessible snowdrop walks in open public spaces and along the pathways through the town. The team has planted over 180 000 snowdrops and will keep planting. There’s a lot to see and do and most of it is free. There’s an art exhibition, a snowdrop map to follow around the town and a heritage collection of snowdrops on show at the Shaftesbury Museum and Gardens. For more information visit the Shaftesbury Snowdrops website.