Transforming woodland floors and gardens all over Gloucestershire, the sight of snowdrops indicates a welcome end to winter and the first signs of spring!
Gloucestershire galanthophiles can get their flower fix, with eight of the best places to see snowdrops in the county featuring in SoGlos’s hot list.
Snowdrop-seekers will have to put on their walking boots a little earlier this year too, with the mild winter meaning some snowdrops are starting to flower from late January 2017.
Open every day, Painswick Rococo Garden has one of the largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops in the UK for visitors to explore, and is said to be the spiritual home of the honey-scented, nodding galanthus atkinsii. What’s more, every day throughout February, the six-acre garden hosts talks about the history of the garden and its snowdrops.
Open all year round, spot the first signs of spring at Moreton-in-Marsh-based Batsford Arboretum, when it bursts into bloom with swathes of snowdrops contrasting against vivid yellow aconites, pastel mauve crocuses and multi-coloured hellebores. It’s a positive patchwork of colour carpeting, so don’t forget your camera!
Considered to be one of Gloucestershire’s most prized collection of snowdrops, Colesbourne Park near Cheltenham is home to 250 varieties of the glistening white flowers, with a nearby church, waterfall and lake also offering wonderful walking opportunities. Open every weekend throughout February, when the carpets of snowdrops are at their most impressive.
Despite being closed during the winter, The National Trust-owned Newark Park in Wotton-under-Edge opens especially for the February half term, giving visitors the chance to stroll through an impressive carpet of snowdrops, take part in the fun children’s trail, and enjoy a coffee and a cake in front of the Tudor house’s roaring fire.
Cerney House Gardens in Cirencester is a ‘secret garden’ with romantic Victorian features, but it’s no secret that its masses of snowdrops, which sprout throughout February and March, attract hordes of bloom aficionados from far and wide.
A splendid array of snowdrop varieties come into bloom every February at Kempsford Manor, near Fairford, including along the canal walk which is dubbed the ‘romantic walk’ because couples often have to hold on to each other to avoid the tree roots which have come to the surface in some areas.
Discover at least 150 varieties of snowdrops at Rodmarton Manor in Cirencester; some big, some small and with many rare and colourful markings. Open to the public on selected dates in February.
Trench Hill in Sheepscombe spans three acres of woodland which comes alive with snowdrops and aconites from February, and boasts herbaceous borders, wild flowers, two ponds, a waterfall and wooden sculptures too.
Monday 30 January 2017
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