Transforming woodland floors and gardens across Gloucestershire, the sight of snowdrops is touted as the first sign of spring – with hundreds of snowdrop-seekers wrapping up warm to see blankets of the white winter flowers every season.
Sometimes flowering from as early as mid-January and creating stunning natural displays throughout February, Gloucestershire galanthophiles can get their 2022 flower fix with 8 of the best places to see snowdrops in the county, featuring in SoGlos’s hot list.
Visitors can explore one of the country’s largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Garden. Home to 15 species of the distinctive white flower, it’s also said to be the spiritual home of the tall, honey-scented Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ variety.
The garden is open daily from Saturday 15 January to Sunday 27 February 2022, giving flower spotters plenty of chances to see them. It’s dog friendly too, so bring your four-legged friend along for some adorable photo opportunities. Tickets must be booked online in advance.
Wave goodbye to winter as Batsford Arboretum begins to bloom, with thousands of snowdrops blanketing the grounds. Contrasting against early flowering daffodils, vivid yellow aconites and fragrant daphnes, the 56-acre site is a patchwork of colour that’s sure to get you in the mood for spring.
Snowdrop enthusiasts can even create their own displays at home, with snowdrops ‘in the green’ available to buy at Batsford Garden Centre. The arboretum is open daily and visitors must book tickets online in advance.
Considered to be one of Gloucestershire’s most prized collections of snowdrops, Colesbourne Gardens near Cheltenham are home to 250 varieties of the glistening white flowers, with a nearby church, waterfall and lake for walkers to wander around as well.
There are a handful of opportunities to see the snowdrops at this exclusive beauty spot, with Colesbourne Gardens hosting open days every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 29 January to Sunday 27 February 2022, when the displays are at their most impressive.
With seasonal highlights to see all-year round, flower fans can catch a glimpse of some impressive blankets of snowdrops at the National Trust-owned Newark Park in Wotton-under-Edge this winter.
Just in time for snowdrop season, the garden and estate are open every day from Saturday 5 February 2022 onwards – plus, winter walkers are able to visit on weekends in January, too.
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds near Cirencester, Cerney House Gardens is a ‘secret garden’ with romantic Victorian features, where visitors can enjoy woodland walks among masses of snowdrops every February.
The garden is open every day, with no need to book in advance. There are also plants for sale at the Potting Shed shop and self-service refreshments available at the Bothy tearoom.
Located between Cirencester and Tetbury, Rodmarton Manor is a fine example of an Arts and Crafts manor house, with over 150 different species of snowdrops sprouting in its eight-acre gardens – the main ones bursting into bloom every February.
The gardens at Rodmarton Manor are open for snowdrop season on Wednesday 2, Saturday 5, Wednesday 9, Saturday 12, Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 February 2022, welcoming visitors from 1.30pm.
Boasting over 80 varieties of stunning snowdrops, Cotswold Farm near Cirencester welcomes visitors to explore its seasonal spectacle, where they can discover the white flowers blooming in the borders, as well as along woodland paths.
Snowdrop-seekers can head to Cotswold Farm’s gardens every Monday in February 2022, when it’s open from 11am to 3pm, or attend the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Open Weekend on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 February 2022.
During the winter months, the snowdrops at Cotswold Wildlife Park burst into picture-perfect bloom, with around 30 different varieties to spot in its distinguished winter garden, as well as natural growers in the West Meadow, near the rhino paddock.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is open on weekends only until Thursday 10 February 2022, with plenty of chances to enjoy its winter garden and menagerie of creatures when standard opening times resume.
By Annabel Lammas
Thursday 13 January 2022
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