Contributed by Editor

On January 26, 2018

Snowdrop time again

Galanthophiles are coming out of hibernation ready to attend at least some of the many events planned all over the country and a few quite close to home. Are you tempted to join them?  
  • The Snowdrop Season at Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge runs from 29 January to 4 March. You can see over 300 varieties, 20 of which have been discovered at Anglesey Abbey, and join guided tours of the gardens and snowdrop collection. There are also snowdrops for sale in the National Trust shop. Find out more.
  • The Chelsea Physic Garden has an exciting programme of walks, talks and workshops to ‘Herald the Spring’ from 27 January to 4 February, 10am to 4pm. Find out more.
  • Plant Fairs Roadshow has a Snowdrop and Winter Plant Fair at Hole Park, Rolvenden on Sunday 11 February, 11am to 3pm. We have a stall and will be selling members’ plants – not just snowdrops but other spring plants, shrubs, bulbs as well as plants for the year ahead. It sounds like a good day out for everyone – not quite so hard core as some of the other events! Find out more.
  • The Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival runs from Friday 9 February with a Study Day on Saturday 10th. There’s a VIP Snowdrop Sale, garden visits and speakers, including Kevin Hughes, Joe Sharman and Anna Pavord. Find out more.
  • The Hardy Plant Society Galanthus Group is holding its AGM and Study Day in the West Midlands on Sunday 18 February. There are talks by John Massey and Eddie Roberts and visits to nearby gardens. You have to be a member of the Galanthus Group to attend this event. Find out more.
  • There is a Snowdrop Sensation at Great Comp Garden, near Sevenoaks on Sunday 18 February from 10am to 4pm. A plant fair runs from 10am to 12 noon and there is a talk by Val Bourne. Find out more.
  • The National Garden Scheme has gardens open for visitors to see snowdrops. Some of our members are included in the list: Copton Ash, Faversham – Gillian and Tim Ingram will be welcoming visitors on Sunday 18 February, 12 noon to 4pm to see their collection, and throughout February by arrangement. Find out more. Knowle Hill Farm, Ulcombe – Elizabeth Cairns garden is open on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February, 11am to 3pm and by arrangement. Kent Group members visited Knowle Hill in 2016. Find out more The Old Rectory, Fawkham – Karin Proudfoot will welcome visitors by arrangement throughout February to see the display of naturalised snowdrops and 100 named varieties. Find out more. Spring Platt, Sutton Valence – Carolyn Millen is opening her garden on several days: Wednesday 31 January, Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Wednesday 7 February, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Visitors will be able to see over 600 varieties. Find out more.
If you know of any more events or gardens, which might interest our visitors, please let us know and we can add them to the list.


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