Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza

enjoy winter and look forward to spring

Goodnestone Park Gardens
Wingham, near Canterbury CT3 1PL
Sunday 28 February 2016, 11am to 4pm

Admission £7     HPS Members £6.50*
* Members bringing display material before 10.30am will be admitted free of charge.

Event open to the public.

With a talk  ‘Hellebores – why I’m still interested after all these years’ by Julian Sutton at 12 noon.

Sadly, Lady FitzWalter died in September. She will be greatly missed at our annual visit to Goodnestone but the event will go on as usual with the support of her son Francis. Our speaker this year will be Julian Sutton who, with his wife Sarah, owns Desirable Plants, a wholesale nursery situated near Totnes in Devon, which specializes in unusual woodland and South African plants. The title of his talk will be ‘Hellebores – why I’m still interested after all these years’. Our event is called ‘Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza’ but it is usually the galanthophiles who get the attention. This year those who also appreciate the understated beauty of hellebores will get a look-in. Julian will also bring hellebores to sell.

The talk will take place at 12 noon. Free tickets can be obtained in the entrance hall.

Plant Fair

There is a plant fair as part of the Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza. Specialist nurseries will be selling unusual varieties of both snowdrops and hellebores as well as many other spring bulbs, shrubs and perennials. Full details of the Plant Fair here.


There will also be a display of early flowering bulbs and plants in the entrance area. Please bring anything that is looking good and help to make this something really special. An added bonus is that anyone bringing exhibits before 10.30am will be admitted free of charge. Vases will be available.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

How to find the way to Goodnestone Park Gardens

Goodnestone Park Gardens

How to find Goodnestone

take a tour round Goodnestone Park gardens

Goodnestone Gallery

These are some images from our Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza a few years ago. The weather was glorious and the garden looked wonderful. In front of the house the structure of the parterre and the topiary really shows at this time of year. At the back of the house paths lead through the arboretum and woodland gardens where trees and beautifully scented winter-flowering shrubs are under-planted with bulbs including great drifts of snowdrops. The nursery stalls are arranged behind the house overlooking the lawn and steps up to the gardens.

snowdrop and hellebore extravaganza

This event has been organized by HPS Kent Group in collaboration with Goodnestone Park Gardens.

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