Shake off the winter and welcome the first signs of spring with the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival. These glorious harbingers of the wonderful life of gardens to come can be viewed in over 100 National Garden Scheme gardens throughout England and Wales during January, February and March.
On a wintry day there is nothing better than visiting a garden teeming with one of the earliest flowering plants of the year.
Church Lane, West Drayton, Retford DN22 8EB
Sunday 23rd February, 10.30m to 4.00pm
The garden is essentially a spring garden with a small woodland area which is carpeted with many snowdrops, aconites and cyclamen which have seeded into the adjoining churchyard, with approximately 180 named snowdrops growing in island beds, along with hellebores and daffodils.
Holmes Lane, Walkeringham, Gainsborough DN10 4JP
Sunday 23rd February, 12.00pm to 4.00pm
Large plantsman’s garden offering year round interest and inspiration, starting with carpets of snowdrops, mini daffodils, hellebores and spring bulbs. Unusual collection of plants and shrubs for winter. Come and be surprised at the different fragrant and interesting plants in early spring.
Bolham Way, Bolham, Retford DN22 9JG
Sunday 1st March, 11.00am to 3.00pm
As you enter this 3 acre mature garden, you are greeted by the ‘Dancing willow Ladies’ amidst swathes of snowdrops and narcissus. Your eyes are drawn to the occasional well positioned sculpture or topiary feature guiding you through to other areas of the garden and orchard, where even more carpets of snowdrops and early bulbs will greet you.
To find your perfect snowdrop garden, visit www.ngs.org.uk/snowdrops or download the National Garden Scheme app.
Image © Julie Skelton