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 lucky enough to live locally can get still their flower fix during lockdown three, with eight of the best places to see snowdrops in the county featuring in SoGlos’s hot list.
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.
The gardens are open for local exercise from Thursday to Sunday with visitors needing to book a ticket online in advance. They’re dog friendly too, so you can bring your four-legged friend along with you for some of the cutest photo opportunities.
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!
Batsford Arboretum is open daily from 10am to 3pm for local exercise. Visitors must book tickets online in advance.
Considered to be one of Gloucestershire’s most prized collections of snowdrops, Colesbourne Gardens near Cheltenham is home to 250 varieties of the glistening white flowers, with a nearby church, waterfall and lake also offering wonderful walking opportunities.
Colesbourne Gardens is open to local visitors on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7, Thursday 11 to Sunday 14, Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 and Saturday 27 February 2021, when the carpets of snowdrops are at their most impressive. Visitors should wear a mask at the entrance and in the courtyard and observe social distancing throughout.
Despite being closed during the winter, The National Trust-owned Newark Park in Wotton-under-Edge opens to celebrate snowdrop season.
From Monday 1 Feburary 2021, local visitors can book tickets to take a stroll through an impressive carpet of snowdrops.
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, are a treat to behold for bloom aficionados.
The gardens reopened to local visitors on Saturday 30 January 2021 with no need to book in advance. The Bothy tearoom is also open for takeaways.
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.
Rodmarton Manor is currently reviewing whether it can open as planned during February for snowdrop season.
Boasting over 80 varieties of stunning snowdrops, Cotswold Farm Garden, near Cirencester, usually welcomes visitors to explore the seasonal spectacle throughout February, but unfortunately due to the current lockdown restrictions, it will remain closed in February 2021.
During the winter months, the snowdrops at Cotswold Wildlife Park burst into picture-perfect bloom, but unfortunately the park remains closed due to the third national lockdown.
By Chloe Gorman
Monday 22 February 2021
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