It’s that time of year again. Galanthophiles will soon be out in force. Are you tempted to join them?
There are lots of events planned all over the country and a few quite close to home.
- The Snowdrop Season at Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge runs from 23 January to 26 February. 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 Snowdrop Days from 28 January to 3 February, 10am to 4pm.
They say you can, ‘See Snowdrops in all their glory before the rest of the country, thanks to the unique warm micro-climate at Chelsea Physic Garden’. Follow the Snowdrop Trail to see over 120 cultivars and species or join a free tour of the garden. Find out more.
- Plant Fairs Roadshow has a Snowdrop and Winter Plant Fair at Hole Park, Rolvenden on Sunday 5 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 10 February with a Study Day on Saturday 11th. There’s a VIP Snowdrop Sale, garden visits and speakers, including Tom Mitchell and Alan Street. Find out more.
- The Hardy Plant Society Galanthus Group is holding its AGM and Study Day in Chedworth, Gloucestershire on Sunday 19 February. There are talks by Julian Sutton and Jom Almond 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 19 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 12 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 4 and Sunday 5 February, 11am to 3pm and by arrangement. Kent Group members visited Knowle Hill last year. Find out more
The Old Rectory, Fawkham – Karin Proudfoot will welcome visitors by arrangement throughout February to see the display of naturalised snowdrops and over 70 named varieties. Find out more.
Spring Platt, Sutton Valence – Carolyn Millen is opening her garden on several days: Wednesday 1, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Wednesday 8 February, 10am to 4pm. Visitors will be able to see over 600 varieties. Find out more.
- Snowdrop Valley, Exmoor is a privately owned remote valley in a hidden part of Exmoor, close to Wheddon Cross, which is open during February. This one is a long way away but it sounds such fun that I wanted to include it. If you’re visiting the area in February you might like to go. The Parish Council even run a Park and Ride! 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.
We hope you enjoy the Snowdrop Season and that the weather is kind to us.