Take a stroll around these gardens to see the beautiful snowdrop displays.

Beautiful snowdrop about to open.

Visit a wonderful garden display of small, bright-white, nodding snowdrops on a gloomy winter's day.

After looking out on our mainly dormant gardens over winter, the flowering of snowdrops brings a glimpse of the spring that is on its way. Perhaps it's why one of the snowdrop's many common names is flower of hope, (they are also known as snow piercers referring to them emerging early in the year, where there is a possibility of snow still being on the ground).

A mild winter will encourage snowdrops to flower earlier, a colder winter will delay the flowering season.

In the UK we are fortunate to never be too far from a lovely show of snowdrops. I’ve listed below a few outstanding examples of snowdrop displays.

Goldsborough Hall
The 12-acre former Royal Garden is open to the public on selected dates. However, they are open throughout February for their stunning display of snowdrops. The Snowdrop Walk includes a display of over 100 different species and varieties. On Sunday 18th Febuary, 2024 there will be talks from the Head Gardener, plant sales and refreshments in the Orangery.

Scotland

Cambo Country House & Estate   Facebook    Instagram  
Holders of a national snowdrop collection.

Dawyck Botanic Gardens
A 65-acre botanic garden in the Scottish Borders filled with snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas and one of Scotland's finest tree collections.

Logan Botanic Garden
Open weekends through February

North East

Thorp Perrow Aboretum
Snowdrop trail.

North West

Rode Hall and Gardens   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
Enjoy a snowdrop walk through the gardens and enjoy over 70 snowdrop cultivars. Thursdays to Sundays 10am - 4pm

Rode Hall and Gardens   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
A beautiful walk through the Old Wood to see the stunning carpet of bluebells. (Closed on Tuesday 2nd May)

Ness Botanic Gardens   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
A fair showcasing quality plants and advice from a number of nurseries and award winning growers.

Hardwick Hall   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
The snowdrops in the South Court were originally planted to spell out the names of the four nieces of William Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire. Their names were Blanche, Anne, Dorothy and Maud. The snowdrops, happy in their surroundings, have spread wildly over the years and the names are no longer distinguishable.

Midlands

Dudmaston   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
Lots of spring flowers, carpets of snowdrops followed by bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons in bloom. Fruit and veg grow in the kitchen garden.

Dunham Massey Hall   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
A National Trust property with one of the UK's largest winter gardens, showing great autumn/winter colour, including mature ancient trees, colourful dogwoods, brightly flowered witch hazels and in spring: hellebores, cyclamen and snowdrops. The deer park is home to Dunham's herd of fallow deer. The house is open from March to October.

East

Blakenham Woodland Garden
Snowdrop display, home-made teas and plant sales.

Blakenham Woodland Garden
A combination of English woodland and planted garden. Glades and clearings of spring flowering snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells and later spring flowering azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolias. The garden is open from early March until late June.

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill
Displays of over 300 different varieties of snowdrop, including 20 of which were discovered in the grounds.

Raveningham Hall
A country house set in beautiful parkland.
The parkland is open periodically as part of the National Garden Scheme (check https://www.ngs.org.uk/ for details).
In spring, guided walks of the snowdrop display may be available. Advance booking only.

South

Welford Park
One of the finest snowdrop displays in the country. Growing alongside the River Lambourn, the five-acre beech wood is carpeted with snowdrops and bright yellow aconites. Open specific dates in February.

South East

Cambridge University Botanic Garden   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
Over 40 different species, cultivars, varieties or hybrids on display in the gardens.

Mottisfont Abbey Garden
The snowdrops ae interplanted with bright yellow winter aconites.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
Over 40 different species, cultivars, varieties or hybrids on display in the gardens.

The Beth Chatto Gardens
Over 50 varieties of snowdrops in the garden.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
Over 40 different species, cultivars, varieties or hybrids on display in the gardens.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
Over 40 different species, cultivars, varieties or hybrids on display in the gardens.

Gatton Park
260 acres of parkland designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, part owned by the National Trust and surrounding Royal Alexandra & Albert School.

South West

Colesbourne Gardens   Twitter    Facebook    Instagram  
Colesbourne Park home to the historic collection of over 300 snowdrop varieties. Gardens are open 1pm to 4:30pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th Jan 2022, 5th - 6th Feb, 12th - 13th Feb, 19th - 20th Feb and 26th - 27th Feb.

Painswick Rococo Garden
A display of over five million snowdrops in one of the largest naturalistic snowdrop plantings in England. The snowdrop display is open on occasional days through February.

Kingston Lacey
A 17th-century mansion holding perhaps one of the National Trust's best art collections, painting by Van Dyke, Titian and Velazquez. The grounds include a Japanese Garden, Iron-Age hill fort and a Victorian fernery with over 35 varieties of fern. The first snowdrops were planted in the early 1900s, it's estimated there are now over six million.

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Over 350 varieties of snowdrop on display during their Snowdrop Festival.

Before travelling to one of these destinations, please check their website for closing times. In autumn and winter they often close at dusk also check availability as some sites may restrict numbers, because they are carrying out forest maintenance, have an overwhelming number of visitors wanting to see the displays, particularly at the weekend and some of the smaller sites don't have the capacity for large groups.

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