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 2018.
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.
Open all year round, spot the first signs of spring at Moreton-in-Marsh attraction 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 and the first weekend in March, 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 in February, 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 Rodmarton Manor, with the gardens opening this year on Sunday 4, Sunday 11, Thursday 15 and Sunday 18 February 2018 for visitors to explore.
Enjoy a glorious walk this winter when Snowshill Manor and Garden opens its gates for one weekend on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2018. Brimming with picture-perfect snowdrops, visitors can enjoy a superb day out.
Boasting 62 varieties of stunning snowdrops, Cotswold Farm Garden, near Cirencester, will welcome visitors to explore the seasonal spectacle on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018. What’s more, with coffee and cake available, visitors can make a day of it.
By Sophie Bird
Sunday 21 January 2018
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