Spotlight on snowdrops: Highdown Gardens

The Snowdrop Festival will see over 90 gardens open for the National Garden Scheme throughout January and February, all boasting the first signs of Spring – none more so than Highdown Gardens in Worthing, West Sussex.

Created by botanist and horticulturalist Sir Frederick Stern, Highdown Gardens offers 8½ acres of stunning informal gardens on downland countryside overlooking the sea – and is home to a National Plant Collection of rare plants and trees adapted to live on chalk throughout the year.

For the second year running, the garden will open especially for the Snowdrop Festival and offer exclusive guided tours of Winter bulbs and shrubs, including a variety of snowdrops and snowflakes. The garden opens on Sunday 3 February from 10am to 4pm and guided tours, hosted by the Head Gardener at Highdown Gardens, are on the hour from 10am.

Claudia Pearce, Publicity Officer and Assistant County Organiser for West Sussex, says: “Highdown Gardens is a real gem of a garden and there is much to discover there at this time of year. Visitors get the unique opportunity to hear all about their diverse collection of plants and the impressive range of snowdrops on show really is a tonic, and a welcome reminder of the changing of seasons. Visiting Highdown Gardens, or any other snowdrop garden open over the next month or so, really is the perfect opportunity to blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a lovely day out.”

Admission to Highdown Gardens is by donation and guided tours are available for £2.50 per person.

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