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Snowdrop season

They’re coming out! The loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops across Leics and Rutland and beyond over the next few weeks.

There’s some beautiful places across Leicestershire and Rutland where you can catch the Snowdrop season from mid-Feb.

Oak Cottage, Swadlincote, 16 Feb

Half an acre garden set around Blackfordby’s “hidden” listed thatched cottage, which itself is more than 300 years old. There’s an extensive displays of snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores and snakes heads in the Spring. Check out the snowdrops from 11-4pm. £4 admission kids free.

Mary’s Garden and The Acers, Hinckley 23 Feb

Mary’s Garden is a medium sized garden with a good mix of shrubs, large selection of pretty snowdrops, as well as spring bulbs and hellebores. 11-4pm. £5 admission. Meanwhile, The Acers has a Japanese theme includling a zen garden, Japanese tea house, koi pond, and more than 150 different varieties of Snowdrops in spring. Large greenhouse. £5 admission or pay one admission price and you’ll also get to visit Mary’s Garden for free on that day.

Hedgehog Hall and Westview, Great Glen 29 Feb and 1 March

Half an acre of an organically managed plant lover’s garden. Steps leading to three stone walled terraced borders filled with shrubs, perennials, bulbs and a patio over looking the valley. Visit Hedgehog Hall and enjoy a lavender walk, herb border, beautiful spring garden, colour themed herbaceous borders and a snowdrop collection. £4 admission kids free. 11am-4pm

Westview is an organically managed small walled cottage garden with year-round interest. Rare and unusual plants, many grown from seed.  Display of alpines. Collection of snowdrops plus quirky garden ornaments worth seeing made from recycled material. £3 admission. 12-4pm.

Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham, 11-28 Feb

The perfect time to come and admire a 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 10am -4pm. On 5 Feb enjoy a Guided Snowdrop Walk and breakfast and guided walk from 9.30am.

Dimminsdale, Rutland Nature Reserve, 27 Feb

They’re all peeping out now and it’s a gorgeous view over at the nature reserve. Walk around the reserve to discover the amazing industrial heritage and beautiful snowdrops. From 1am you can learn about the industrial history of the reserve and see the snowdrop display.  Booking is essential as places are limited, £5 per person. Book here or via the office on 0116 262 9968.

And BEYOND

Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham, 15- 23 Feb

Enjoy views of this beautiful, simple flower during a week-long event here. Enjoy swathes of snowdrops, rare and unusual snowdrops, aconites and hellebores as well as innovative spring planting schemes and hanging snowdrop displays all spread over 12 acres of 400-year-old restored gardens.

Coton Manor Garden, Northamptonshire 

This beautiful ten acre garden at Coton Manor occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house constructed of mellow Northamptonshire stone.

Deene Park, near Corby

Northamptonshire, Deene Park gardens has long borders, old fashioned roses, specimen trees and pleasure walks, another great garden for you to visit

Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire, 2 Feb – 3 March

Snowdrops in abundance over with over 80 varieties of the white bloomer springing up across the site’s impressive 60-acre woodland. 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’. 10am – 4pm

Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire, 8-16 Feb

Snowdrop heaven! Wrap up warm and see the winter gardens with woodland walk for an outdoor experience among four million snowdrops, and winter flowering plants and shrubs with glorious colours and fragrance. £4 tickets book online.

Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire, 15- 23 Feb

Enjoy a refreshing stroll around the gardens to spy the snowdrops and emerging spring flowers. The gardeners have been busy dividing and replanting spring bulbs in the woodland garden, dating back to the Victorian era for your enjoyment. £5 for adults, £2 for kids and under 11’s free.

Have I missed any out? Where do you go to catch glimpses of these spring beauties? Let me know in the comment section below.

Keya x

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