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.
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 dog friendly too, so you can bring your four-legged friend along with you for some of the cutest photo opportunities.
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 on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7, Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 and Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 February 2021, 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.
Throughout Feburary 2021, visitors have the chance to stroll through an impressive carpet of snowdrops and even take home some snowdrops to plant at home.
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.
When it’s open, 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 – with it opening on Sunday 7, Sunday 14, Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 February 2021.
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 every Monday in February 2021.
Entry is £7.50 and although refreshments won’t be available due to Covid restrictions, there will be snowdrop bulbs on sale to take home.
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 Chloe Gorman
Friday 08 January 2021
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