They're coming out! The loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops across Leicestershire and Rutland and beyond over the next few weeks.
Snowdrops Festival, Leicestershire
The perfect time to come and admire the beautiful range of snowdrops planted throughout these local Leicestershire gardens. Catch the Snowdrop season from 23 – 24 February in Hinckley, Tilton on the Hill, Great Glen and at Bosworth House (just under 3 acres, almost completely organic garden and paddock with fabulous panoramic views) on 17 Feb. See more about these events here.
Barracca Gardens Earl Shilton
One acre garden with lots of different areas, silver birch walk, wildlife pond with seating, apple tree garden, Mediterranean planted area and lawns surrounded with herbaceous plants and shrubs and a beautiful range of snowdrops. Group visits can be made with prior arrangement. £7 entry. Contact John Osborn on 01455 842609 to visit.
Dimminsdale, Rutland Nature Reserve
They’re all peeping out now and it’s a gorgeous view over at the nature reserve. Open all year round and free to visit, this is a great one to visit with the whole family.
Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland
The perfect time to come and admire the beautiful range of snowdrops planted throughout the gardens. Lots of common snowdrop as well as many rare and unusual varieties to see, all mixed in with so much other winter buds. On 6 Feb enjoy a Winter and Snowdrops breakfast and guided walk or head to the garden from 11 – 28 Feb to enjoy the fair beauties.
Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire
Snowdrops in abundance over at Waterperry Gardens with over 80 varieties of the white bloomer springing up across the site’s impressive 60 acres. Among them are Galanthus ‘Evenley Double’, a special snowdrop which was developed and propagated on site, and other notable varieties such as ‘Hill Poe’ and ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’. From 2 Feb – 3 Mar.
Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire
Snowdrop heaven! Wrap up warm and wander among four million snowdrops, and winter flowering plants and shrubs with glorious colours and fragrance. The signposted walk through Horse Pasture winds through spectacular carpets of snowdrops. 9 – 17 Feb
Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire
Enjoy a refreshing stroll around the gardens to spy the snowdrops and emerging spring flowers. Our gardeners have been busy dividing and replanting spring bulbs in the woodland garden, dating back to the Victorian era. Sun 17 Feb. Light refreshments will be on sale in the carriage house.
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
February is the perfect time to see snowdrops as they spring up around the park. There are lots to be found in the Pleasure Grounds, particularly in the lovely ferny dell at the bottom. There’s a bright display of snowdrops on the auricula theatre in the flower garden – you’ll see lots of different varieties of these harbingers of spring. Feb 3.
Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham
From 16 -24 Feb get up and get out and enjoy a winter walk full of snowdrops and winter flowers. There will be small displays in the alpine bed to great drifts on the snowdrop bank – everything from pink cyclamen, yellow aconites and exquisite irises and crocuses as they mingle with single and double snowdrops and unusual hellebores in the woodland walk.
Have I missed anything out? Where do you go to catch glimpses of these white bell shaped flowers? Let me know in the comment section below.