Second Annual National Gardens Scheme Snowdrop Festival
More than 80 gardens will open their gates for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Snowdrop Festival during February, to mark the imminent change of season with their snowdrop displays. Some of the gardens open have as many as 300 different varieties of snowdrops, whilst others have a mix of snowdrops, hellebores and other early spring flowers, all of which makes a visit to an NGS garden well worth the effort of being outdoors on a cold day.
George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, says: “During our first Snowdrop Festival in 2016 many of our garden owners were overwhelmed by the amount of visitors that attended their openings. Many remarked that visitors were perfectly happy to wrap up warm and brave the elements to see the stunning view of hundreds of snowdrops on display in a garden.”
“Whether you want to admire the different varieties of snowdrops or just have a walk in lovely surroundings, visiting a National Gardens Scheme garden in February will be the perfect escape.”
To see all of the gardens opening for our snowdrop celebrations click here.
There are plenty of Galanthus flore pleno at the Devonshire Mill, Yorkshire
Drifts of double snowdrops, hellebores and fern surround this historic grade II listed water mill. Explore the two acre garden with mill stream, orchards, woodland, herbaceous borders, hen run and greenhouses.
There are 300 snowdrop varieties in Higher Cherubeer, Devon.
The garden holds a February opening to display the National Collection of cyclamen, hellebores and over 300 snowdrop varieties.
A foray of extensive common single and double snowdrops are an impressive sight at Austwick Hall, Yorkshire with examples of over 50 varieties. There are sculptures along the trail that add further interest to a wintry walk.
The Beeches in Nottinghamshire has 250 named snowdrops together with hellebores and early daffodils. There's wildlife aplenty at Dragons in Essex, four large compost heaps contain many mini-beasts and, at the last count, 200 grass snake hatchlings. Toads, frogs, moles, squirrels and many bird species are at home here, you may see them amongst the spring plants!
In February The Down House in Hampshire comes alive with snowdrops, aconites and crocus, plus borders of coloured dogwood, willow stems and white birches.
Horstead House in Norfolk is home to millions of beautiful snowdrops carpeting the woodland floor, creating a romantic setting along with winter flowering shrubs.
Walkern Hall in Hertfordshire is essentially a winter woodland garden. Set in eight acres, the carpet of snowdrops and aconites is a constant source of wonder in Jan/Feb. This medieval hunting park is known more for its established trees such as the tulip trees and a magnificent London plane tree which dominates the garden. Following on in March and April is a stunning display of daffodils and other spring bulbs.