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 early January 2019.
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.
After you’ve soaked up all the photo opportunities, head to the café to warm up with a hot drink or a bowl of homemade soup. And, the gardens are dog friendly so you can bring your four-legged friend along with you.
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.
Expect to see the delicate white flowers 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 collections 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 to celebrate snowdrop season.
From Saturday 2 to Sunday 17 February 2019, visitors have 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.
Warm up after exploring the gardens in The Bothy, the on-site self-service tea room where you can sample homemade cakes and enjoy tea and coffees, and even buy seasonal fruit and vegetables.
A splendid array of snowdrop varieties come into bloom every February at Rodmarton Manor.
The grade I-listed building, located between Cirencester and Tetbury, is a fine example of an Arts and Crafts Manor House, with its gardens just beautiful when springtime arrives.
Boasting over 60 varieties of stunning snowdrops, Cotswold Farm Garden, near Cirencester, will welcome visitors to explore the seasonal spectacle from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February 2019.
Entry is £5 and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will be on hand to warm you up with soup, coffee, tea and cake. The gardens will also be open on Mondays 4, 11, 18 and 25 February 2019.
It’s not just animals you can see at Cotswold Wildlife Park as during the winter months visitors can expect to take in the picture-perfect sight of snowdrops in bloom.
The large beds, located between the owls, siamangs and the emus, are planted with winter-flowering varieties that combine texture, fragrance and colour to create a striking display for all to enjoy.
By Sophie Bird
Monday 21 January 2019
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