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2021 Snowdrop Festival set to celebrate the first signs of spring …

It will soon be time to shake off the winter and a year like no other when the National Garden Scheme 2021 Snowdrop Festival returns. These glorious harbingers of the wonderful life of gardens to come can be viewed in 95 National Garden Scheme gardens throughout England and Wales during January, February and March subject to the Covid restrictions in your area.  

On a wintry day there is nothing better than visiting a garden iridescent with one of the earliest flowering plants of the year. Whether you enjoy carpets of naturalised white in woodlands, meticulously grown rare varieties of snowdrops or gardens boasting colourful mix of snowdrops, hellebores and other early spring flowers – there is something for galanthophiles and garden enthusiasts alike. 

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme, says: 

“Over the last few years the National Garden Scheme’s Snowdrop Festival has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to gardens.  Following the restrictions of 2020 there has never been a greater need to start the new year with the beautiful freshness of the first blooms of spring. But garden visiting at this time of year isn’t just for galanthophiles who are looking to discover a rare variety of snowdrop in gardens they may never otherwise find.  Snowdrops are the perfect antidote to the winter blues and spending the afternoon at one of our Snowdrop Festival gardens is the ideal opportunity to get outside and enjoy some spectacular scenes at an otherwise gloomy time of year.”
 

 

Snowdrop Festival Facts 

  • 95 gardens are opening for the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival in 2021  
  • Many of the gardens feature Galanthus, hellebores and other early spring flowers 
  • 40 of the snowdrop gardens are also open by arrangement for groups 
  • Among the gardens opening a few are owned by snowdrop experts including: Higher Cerubeer, Devon; Knowle Hill Farm, Kent; Pembury House, East Sussex;
  • Other stunning displays can be found at Spring Platt, Kent; Raveningham Hall, Norfolk; East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Somerset 
  • For romantics, Church Farm in Nottinghamshire and Goodnestone Park, Kent are among several gardens that open on Sunday 14th February 
  • The festival runs between 1st-28th February, however a few gardens are open for snowdrops in late January and early March too  
  • Originally launched in 2016 to mark the Year of the English Garden, the National Garden Scheme has been championing the Snowdrop Festival ever since, creating a wonderful taster for the garden visiting year to come
  • The snowdrop gardens attract high visitor numbers. The uncomplicated visitor experience – often accompanied by a warming bowl of soup or hot drinks – fresh air and the beautiful, faithful first signs of spring are a reminder of the changing seasons and the promise of what’s to come 

For more about snowdrops including fun facts and expert advice click here

You can explore the snowdrop gardens (pre-booking is essential) here: ngs.org.uk/snowdrops 

 

Lead image: Welford Park/Heather Skinner

 

 

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