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Snowdrops under the Wolf Moon ©vcsinden2020

Up-to-date information for your snowdrop planning and pleasure.
The facts are correct (at time of writing)  - the opinions mine alone.

Before setting out, please check individual websites (links given) in case of cancellations

(Muddypond's illustration above is 'First snowdrops under the Wolf Moon' - made with stamps from Lavinia and Little Stamp Store)

To discover the in depth Folklore and Magic of the snowdrop,
as well as beautiful art work from the 'golden age' of early 20th century fairy painters,
find my
"Snowdrop Magic" page here.

 

Knowle Hill Farm,  Ulcombe   ( 7 miles SE of Maidstone   ME17 1ES .)     website
Snowdrop openings for the National Gardens Scheme


Or by appointment in Jan / Feb 2020 Phone  01622 850240


Saturday 8th February 2020
Sunday 9th February 2020
Monday 10th February 2020

11.00 - 3.00
Adults £5.00 for NGS

A well known garden in the Kentish NGS year

You'll find hundreds of mature snowdrops in many varieties and sizes. All grown in well labelled clumps, as well as those naturalised under the trees along the walks.

Not to mention the delicious warm sausage rolls and tea in the kitchen by the aga!

Knowle Hill Farm snowdrops ©vcsinden2018

Exquisite helebores bloom in amongst the beds, making irresistable combinations!

Knowle Hill Farm snowdrops ©vcsinden2018 Knowle Hill Farm snowdrops ©vcsinden2018
Knowle Hill Farm snowdrops ©vcsinden2018 Knowle Hill Farm -Kent - beautiful hellebores ©vcsinden2018

Pictures taken at Knowle Hill  Farm Garden - February 3rd 2018     ©vcsinden

 

 

 

St. Mary's Church, Sutton Road, Langley   (approx 4 miles from Maidstone   ME17 3LZ )     Website
Soup and Snowdrops event


Saturday Feb 15th 2020
or daily for churchyard walk

11.00am - 2.00pm
Cost of refreshments
Langley Church, Kent at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2019

    From the church website: (link above)

   "Sample some scrumptious homemade soups, cakes and breads from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm all in the peaceful surroundings of St Mary’s where the churchyard should be carpeted in snowdrops. You are assured of a warm welcome."

It certainly IS carpeted in snowdrops - really beautiful today with snow sprinkling the ground!  (30.01.19)

 

 

Langley Church, Kent at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2019

Pictures taken at St Mary's Church, Langley - January 30th 2019   ©vcsinden

 

 

Don't miss this one,  especially if the weather is fair - lovely teas too!

Mere House,  Mereworth  ( 10 miles from Maidstone ME18 5NB)     Website
National Gardens Scheme - open for snowdrops


Sun Feb 9th 2020
Sun Feb 16th 2020


2.00pm - 5.00pm
£5.00

Mere House, Kent - February teas in the sunshine ©vcsinden2013Gold Star Award for best snowdrop garden in Kent from Ecoenchantments ©vcsinden2015

                    The garden of Mere House opens in February to take advantage of myriads of enchanting winter flowers.

 Walk through the woodland and along the lake-river bank then back towards the house for good home-made refreshments. On several occasions we have been able to sit outside in the winter sunshine for tea (with real teapots!!) and cake - in February! Inside of course if it is too cold!

Mere House, Kent - snowdrop sales ©vcsinden2013

Take home some Winter Magic!     Perfect for planting - 'in the green' and such good value.
I'll let you know how mine do!
      (The most success I have ever had! 2016 - divided and replanted 2018!)Mere House, Kent - snowdrops in the woods ©vcsinden2015

  
  
Snowdrops, winter aconites and heathers brighten the winter days while hundreds more snowdrops grow on the house side of the river walk.
Mere House, Kent - snowdrop time ©vcsinden2015
Mere House, Mereworth, snowdrops and aconites in February ©vcsinden2012


Pictures taken at Mere House - February 2013 & 2015  ©vcsinden

 

 

 

Brockhill Park, Saltwood,    (Near Hythe  CT21 4HL)     Website
Lakeside, woodland and river walks


Daily

9.00am - dusk
Free but car-parking charge

Brockhill Park, Hythe, Kent - snow at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2014
      This is still one of the very best places to see snowdrops in Kent. You can go there on any day you choose to take a walk in beautiful park land around the lake with banks carpeted in snowdrops in February - or one of the longer walks to meander through the alder trees along the river. Perfect winter beauty, and apart from a car-parking charge - free.

  There's a nice cafe at the car-park with delicious home-made meals, cakes and refreshments - a vegetarian delight! Re-opens after winter break, all ready for the snowdrops, on 26th January 2020.

Brockhill Park, Hythe, Kent, mallards prepare for Spring ©vcsinden2012
Brockhill Park, Hythe, Kent - snow at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2012
Ducks keeping their feet out of the icy lake water, and snowdrops in the snow at Brockhill Park on 12th February 2013

 Perfect for a winter stroll - admire the myriads of snowdrops, feed the ducks and moorhens on the lake - gaze at the pretty   waterfalls - then indulge in a warming home-made, excellent value vegetarian lunch!  We did - often!Brockhill Park, Hythe, Kent - snow at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2014

Pictures taken at Brockhill Park, Hythe - February 2012, 14 and 2017  ©vcsinden

 

 

 

A very popular event in South-East Kent, and well worth turning out for.
Snowdrops, teas, amazing surroundings - go and see for yourselves. 

St Cosmas & St Damian,  Challock  (between Ashford & Faversham  TN25 4BP )  Website
Famous Snowdrop Teas
 

 

Sunday 9th February 2020
Sunday 23rd February 2020


12.00pm - 5.00pm
Donation

Challock Church, Kent ©vcsinden2013

Challock Church, Kent -snowdrop time in the churchyard ©vcsinden2013

  You can walk amongst the snowdrops at any time in February, but for a real treat go on one of the two Sundays when the church is specially opened.

 There you will see the amazing, and rightly famous, Millennium Mural by local artist, the late John Ward, which covers two huge walls.

Whilst there you may partake of  the delicious home-made refreshments and browse the Books, CDs and DVDs, Bric-a-brac and chance the Tombola.  

Challock Church, Kent - the John Ward Mural  ©vcsinden2015

 

*Caution*:  this is a very popular event, be aware that human vehicles sometimes block the narrow,
winding lane up and down the hill to the church. It may be quicker to fly!
Or failing that - leave plenty of time!
Well worth it though.

Challock Church, Kent Snowdrops in the churchyard ©vcsinden2015

Challock Church, Kent Snowdrop Time ©vcsinden2013

Pictures taken at Challock Church, Kent in February 2013, 2015 & 2017  ©vcsinden

 

 

Doddington Place (Doddington nr Sittingbourne ME9 0BB)   Website
Open for NGS for Snowdrops


Sunday 23rd February 2020

11.00am - 4.00pm
£8.00

Snowdrops and plants for sale.  Cream teas and Refreshments available

Spectacular 10 acre gardens with sweeping lawns, underplanted woodlands, a giant redwood avenue, and unbelievably undulating yew hegdes surrounding a Victorian mansion -
with a new surprise round every corner.

Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017

A varied display to admire at close quarters welcomes you to the gardens.

Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017 Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017

Above:  Snowdrops en masse under the giant redwoods and through the woodland walks
Below: The house with plenty of room inside and out for all-important refreshments

Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017

Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017
Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017

At my 2017 visit there were some beautiful snowdrops for sale (and other winter plants).

Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017
Doddington Place, Kent – snowdrop day©vcsinden2017

      I fell in love with the delightful snowdrop above and bought a little pot - I even aquired a little openwork cage to protect it!   I see it actually has several little buds already  today - on January 8th 2020 - it's an early opener.

Photos taken at Doddington Place Feb 19th 2017  ©vcsinden

 

 

 

Possibly unusual for a 'Snowdrop' page to mention - but the most traditional of all events - a real (and increasingly rare) Service for Candlemas Night. A thing to be treasured.

St. Pancras Church, Coldred, Kent  (near Eyethorne and close to Dover CT15 5AQ)     website
A Traditional Service for the Night of Candlemas

 


Sunday 2nd February 2020

6.00pm
Church service - collection


 

Candlemas at Coldred Church, Kent ©vcsinden2018

Coldred Church, Kent ©vcsinden2015Coldred Church, Kent – Candlemas  ©vcsinden2015
Find your way to the tiny 12th century church on the outskirts of the delightful, historic village of Coldred and make your way carefully up the snowdrop lined path. As the door opens, the warm glow of candlelight spills through the porch to welcome you in.

The little space will be entirely lit by candles, and all the flowers white. If the snowdrops are plentiful for Candlemas Day, then there will be many in church - if they are late, and still not much more than buds, at least one or two specially tied, precious bunches with be there to welcome you.

Candlemas at Coldred Church, Kent ©vcsinden2018

Make no mistake - you are witnessing a rare thing. There are few such celebrations and they are getting fewer - should be on the 'endangered species list!'  This is a dedicated candlelit Candlemas Service on the very night of Candlemas itself - February 2nd. - and nowhere could be as pretty as this.

  Snowdrops are the winter symbol of purity - and as such associated with this day, dedicated to the memory of new mother Mary, attending the temple for the first time since the birth, for her lawful ritual cleansing.

Candlemas at Coldred Church, Kent ©vcsinden2018

 

Not too easy to find, the church is not in the centre. As you drive from the A2 through the village , past the ancient pub and folktale Coldred pond, turn right into Church Road. Continue approx. half a mile and you will find St.Pancras opposite the Coldred Sign and Britain In Bloom winners sign.  There is no actual carpark, but quite a lot of room in the lane itself.

 

Pictures taken at Coldred Church - February 2nd 2015  & 2018    ©vcsinden




A place to buy your 'in the green' snowdrops and other treats

Hole Park, Benenden Road, Rolvenden, Kent  TN17 4JA
Snowdrop & Plant Fair Roadshow 

(Rolvenden is on the A28   between Tenterden and Northiam)   website


Sunday 9th February 2020


11am - 3.00pm


£4.00 - includes plant fair and garden

Hole Park has a very beautiful garden, most renowned for its fabulous bluebells later in the Spring. Their small Plant Fair involves an interesting list of independent nurseries and stall holders and should again prove to have many snowdrop and plant treasures on sale! 

Last year (2019) was the first time that this fair had been attempted, and despite the freezing, wet and windy weather it was lovely to be able to see the garden with its huge winter flowering shrubs and wooded banks in coldest February.

Hot and cold refreshments are available in the coach house.

Picture taken at Hole Park - February 2019 ©vcsinden

 

 

The Old Rectory,  Fawkham, nr Longfield, Kent
( 1.5 miles North of Fawkham Green on Valley Road,  DA3 8LX )       website

Open in February
by appointment for groups
of up to 20 only

Karin & Christopher Proudfoot
01474 707513


£4.00 for NGS

 

The pictures on the website (link above) look very lovely - and the write-up for the National Gardens Scheme boasts ...   "An impressive display of long established naturalised snowdrops and winter aconites; 100 named snowdrops added more recently".

I have not managed to visit this site - yet! - but will be sure to soon I hope.

 

Lovely visit, with many drifts of snowdrop species, tea-rooms
and potted snowdrops for sale in garden centre

Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College 
( between Tonbridge 3.5miles and Maistone 11.0miles TN11 0AL )    Website
Winter Colour, Hellebores and Snowdrops

 

Gardens, Garden Centre,
Tea Rooms - All Open Daily

Mon - Sat  9.00 - 5.00
Sundays 10.00 - 4.00

Gardens Free
Winter Tours £4.00pp

 

Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College, Kent  ©vcsinden2015

   Broadview Gardens is home to the national collection of hellebores, but it also has well established, spectacular plantings of snowdrops and fine winter plants and shrubs. You can wander the gardens free during opening hours.

   Or take a Specialist 'Winter Garden Tour' in 2020, with questions and advice from the Head Gardener.  To Book a Tour, or for more information see Broadview Gardens website or Phone 01732 853211  

   These exquisite hellebore blooms (below) were set out in big dishes by the entrance to the Garden Centre and Tea Rooms when I visited.

Hellebores at Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College, Kent  ©vcsinden2015

      Snowdrops and hellebores are shown in a formal setting, with many different varieties to enjoy, growing in huge swathes in the various garden borders and beds. The plants are clearly labelled so take a notebook!

     Some potted varieties are available to buy at the Garden Centre, situated right beside the garden walks.

Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College in February, –©vcsinden2015

Snowdrops at Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College, Kent  ©vcsinden2015 Snowdrops at Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College, Kent  ©vcsinden2015

Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College in February, –©vcsinden2015

The Tea Rooms, also situated at the Garden Centre will be open for breakfasts, coffees, light lunches and cream teas.

Pictures taken at Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College - February 2015  ©vcsinden

 

 


Definitely worth a visit - enjoyed this a lot

  Copton Ash,  Faversham ( ME13 8XW )    Website
National Gardens Scheme - open for snowdrops & hellebores
Snowdrops for sale


Sun January 26th 2020
Sun February 16th 2020

 

12.00 - 4.00pm
£4.00

  Copton Ash spring garden, Faversham, Kent ©vcsinden2013 Copton Ash spring garden, Faversham, Kent ©vcsinden2013


  A Snowdrop collector's delight with species after species of snowdrop, all clearly labelled and hellebores of every hue.

The one and a half acre garden, is open early for just two days, so that we can enjoy the owners "special interest in woodland flowers, snowdrops and hellebores with flowering trees and shrubs of spring".

     Homemade soup and teas will be available.

 

Copton Ash spring garden, Faversham, Kent ©vcsinden2013 Copton Ash snowdrop 'Gerard Parker', Faversham, Kent ©vcsinden2013
Copton Ash snowdrops, Faversham, Kent ©vcsinden2013

   Above, a magical white himalayan birch catches the sunlight. Right species snowdrops 'Gerard Parker' and 'Mrs Thompson'. Many unusual snowdrop varieties on sale at the plant stall.

CoptonAsh_snowdrops©vcsinden2019

 

Note from Copton Ash website : " Please note -parking is off site, in laybys and on roadsides."

  Photos taken at Copton Ash, Feb 2013 & 2019  ©vcsinden

 

My favourite summer garden - and I never knew its winter secret ! 
Snowdrops by the thousand underplanting the borders - who would have guessed - what a wonderful surprise!

Great Dixter Gardens  (Northiam, East Sussex, TN31 6PH )  Website
Winter Open Weekends


Saturday 22nd February 2020
Sunday 23rd February 2020
Saturday 29th February 2020
Sunday 1st March 2020

 

10.00am - 4.00pm

£5.00

Shop & Nursery Open

Snowdrops underplanted in the main border at Great Dixter,  Northiam ©vcsinden2015
Bare bones and underplantings

    Just a stone's throw from the Kentish border, many of you will be familiar with the gardens of Great Dixter - but perhaps you've never seen them in their winter splendour. I certainly hadn't.  In 2020 there will once again be two weekends when you can see the structure and plantings as never before - much bare and skeletal but strikingly beautiful.

Snowdrops at Great Dixter,  Northiam ©vcsinden2015
Winter at Great Dixter,  Northiam ©vcsinden2015
Snowdrop drifts  at Great Dixter,  Northiam ©vcsinden2015

     These open weekends do not advertise themselves as 'Snowdrop' days, so I was amazed and delighted to find big clumps of variety after variety throughout the garden, and great drifts of white, naturalised amongst grass and beneath the bare boughs in the summer beds.

Photos taken at Great Dixter, February 2015   &  2019  ©vcsinden

 

 

 Spring Platt  (near Sutton Valence ME17 3BY.)  Website
National Gardens Scheme - open for snowdrops


Sunday 26th January 2020

Other dates by appontment only - see website above

Contact owners
Mr & Mrs John Millen
01622 843383
carolyn.millen1@gmail.com

10.30am - 3.00pm

£5.00

Snowdrop Green Tear ©vcsinden2018
Snowdrop Starling ©vcsinden2018
Snowdrop Lucy ©vcsinden2018
Green Tear
Starling
Lucy

Close-up viewings of species snowdrops are made easy from the raised terrace beds, with many special, rare and unusual blooms to be seen. The garden has over 400 varieties. Take a note of your favourites, many can be bought or ordered.

Spring Platt - raised beds make each species of snowdrop easy to identify ©vcsinden2018


 

Pictures taken at Spring Platt - February  2014 & 2018   ©vcsinden

 

             

       

Hever Castle  (near Tunbridge Wells and Edenbridge TN8 7NG)    Website
Snowdrop Trail


Daily from
Saturday 8th February 2020

Gardens 10.30am - 4.30pm
Gardens only from £15.55
Conc. available

              Val Bourne will be giving a talk entitled The Wonderful World of Galanthophilia on Saturday 8 February at 1pm.

Hever Castle snowdrop trail - ©vcsinden2014

Giant snowdrop signs mark the way along the Hever castle Snowdrop Trail

   The pretty grounds of Ann Boleyn's childhood home are a treat in themselves, even in the depths of a wet February.  There is a well signed 'Snowdrop Trail' with its own map for vistors, but you may need your wellies to reach the final display! 

    There are several well established drifts in the woodlands and along the bank of the moat, but the trail itself is rather newly established.  (Please note:  the new part of the trail has had five years now since Hever's Snowdrop Trail was first reviewed for this page).  Worth braving the wetter parts for the charming surprise ending!


    The castle itself is open daily from 12.00, but entrance is at extra cost. Two cafe/restaurants will be open during the February Snowdrop openings for lunches, snacks and teas.
See Hever Castle website (link above) for more details.

Hever Castle snowdrop trail - ©vcsinden2014

Hever Castle snowdrop trail - ©vcsinden2014

Pass well established drifts along the trail and meet the colony of wicker bunnies, grazing on snowdrops in the top field.

Hever Castle snowdrop trail - wicker rabbits ©vcsinden2014

Pictures taken at Hever Castle - 20th February 2014   ©vcsinden

                                                 

Public Footpath walk through lovely Kentish woods drenched in places with naturalized snowdrops.

 

Sharsted Woods, Newnham, Kent  ( 'The Street', on your left between
Doddington Place & The George  ME9 0LL between Lenham and Faversham)
    
Woodland walk through snowdrops and chestnuts.


Snowdrops in February

any time
none

Sharsted Woods at Newnham in kent, a beautiful winter walk ©vcsinden2012

Sharsted Woods at Newnham in kent, a beautiful winter walk ©vcsinden2017

A pretty country drive and great place to walk the dog - paths through a chestnut wood wend up hill and down dale, where the lowest areas are awash with naturalised snowdrops.
*Note: not much parking beside the woods themselves - but an easy walk out of the village of Newnham.

 

Photos taken in Sharsted Woods, February 2012 & 2017   ©vcsinden

 

 

Enough beautiful snowdrops surrounding the medieval church, some small, some huge,
to slake your snowdrop thirst for the whole of 2020

St. Mary's Church,   Hunton   ( 7 miles from Maidstone towards Tonbridge ME15 0RR.)    
Walk through the perfect snowdrop drifts surrounding the church 


February 2020

Church yard any time

   You can visit this wonderful display of snowdrops at any time. The pretty churchyard is planted with thousands and thousands of galanthus, and many kinds thrive in the shady grass and lush, deep leaf-mould.   

St Mary's Church, Hunton, Kent  ©vcsinden2012

   A church has been standing on this site since the 11th century. The churchyard is planted extensively with the symbol of hope.

  Snowdrops in Hunton churchyard, Kent ©vcsinden2012
Snowdrops in Hunton churchyard, Kent ©vcsinden2012 Snowdrops in Hunton churchyard, Kent ©vcsinden2012

 

Photos taken in Hunton churchyard, February 2012 & 2015   ©vcsinden

 

Good place to buy rare and unusual bulbs in the green from several specialist nurseries.

 

Great Comp Gardens, Borough Green,  (nr Sevenoaks TN15 8QS)      Website
  Snowdrop Fair & Lecture


Sun Feb 16th
2020

Snowdrop Fair 10.00am - 12.00 noon
Gardens open until 4.00pm

Adults £8.00

 

Great Comp Garden, Comp Lane, Platt, Borough Green, will be open for their annual event  'Snowdrop Sensation'.
  The plant sale with specialist snowdrop and spring bulb nurseries will run from 10am to 12 noon with lunches available and gardens open until 4.00pm.

Great Comp, snowdrop fair –©vcsinden2015

The gardens, rarely seen in mid-winter, will be open to enjoy until 4.00pm  Be warned, this is not really a garden to view snowdrops en masse, it is the variety of specialist snowdrop growers selling their bulbs who are the attraction here - but only until 12.00pm noon.

Great Comp, cosy tearooms open for lunch at the Snowdrop Fair –©vcsinden2015
Lunches, teas and refreshments will be available in the cosy tearoom.

 

Pictures taken at Great Comp - February 2015   ©vcsinden

 

Pretty country churchyard for peaceful snowdrop contemplation -
a long time favourite of local folks for 'a nice drive out'. Sadly some areas are getting thinner now.

St Mary's Church, Hinxhill  ( near Ashford  TN25 6NU )    
Churchyard planted with drifts of naturalised snowdrops.


Late  January - February

any time
no charge

Hinxhill - St. Mary's at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2013

Hinxhill - St. Mary's at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2013

   It's been snowing a little in this part of Kent - but that doesn't deter the Flowers of Hope - in fact I think they like it!

  The picture below is a close up from the one on the left, as it is so difficult to see the snowdrops from the snow in the original photograph!

Hinxhill - St. Mary's at snowdrop time ©vcsinden2013

Photos taken in the churchyard of Hinxhill Church,  February 2012 & 2015    ©vcsinden

 

 

A Little Further Afield:

 

Very special varieties of snowdrop, sales, contained walks - great cafe.

Chelsea Physic Garden (66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS)     Website
'Heralding the Spring'


Saturday 25th January to
Sunday 2nd February 2020

Sunday 26th January 2020
Talk - Snowdrops
Sunday 2nd February 2020
Talk - Hellebores

 

11.00am - 4.00pm

Talk - Joe Sharman 11.30am

Talk - Ed Flint  2.00pm

Adults inc.seniors £7.50
(Winter Ticket)

Talk free with entrance ticket

Chelsea Physic Garden Winter display ©vcsinden2014

Chelsea Physic Garden Snowdrop days - carefully labelled snowdrop trail ©vcsinden2014 Chelsea Physic Garden Snowdrop days ©vcsinden2014

     The garden is open in Winter for these few very special days only. There is a Snowdrop Trail, walks and free guided tours. The short trail takes you around paths with carefully labelled, unusual species as well as more common varieties becoming naturalised under the trees.

   Galanthophile Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery will be at the Physic Garden at 11.30am on Sunday 26th January 2020 to give a talk on "The Wonderful World of Snowdrops".

Snowdrop - double ©vcsinden2016

The exhibition in the marquee 'Snowdrop Theatre' shows the most beautiful stars of the week, displayed in big pots. They are against dark backgrounds and well lit so that you can look at them closely at eye-height .

Chelsea Physic Garden, 'Snowdrop Theartre' ©vcsinden2016

Snowdrop ©vcsinden2016

   

 

Potted snowdrops, some very rare (and expensive!), others familiar and accessible, with more winter-flowering plants are on sale from specialist nurseries in the snowdrop marquee.   

    Mulled wine, teas, coffees and warming food available all day in the busy Tangerine Cafė. I really must recommend the 'Orange Polenta' cake if they have it this year!    

 

     

Photos taken at The Chelsea Physic Garden,
February 13th 2014 & January 22nd 2016  ©vcsinden

 

 

 

 

If you are prepared to drive and make a lovely snowdrop day of it  -
Unbelievable!

*Warning:  This place will spoil you for anywhere else! *

Welford Park Snowdrops on Eco-enchantments ©vcsinden2015
Not SNOW ! Snowdrops !

 

Welford Park,  Newbury in Berkshire RG20 8HU          Website
Snowdrop Woods and Snowdrops in the grounds

 

Daily - (without Mons & Tues)
from Wednesday 29th January
to
Sunday 1st March 2020


11.00am - 4.00pm

Not open Mondays & Tuesdays

Adults £8.00    Conc.£6.00
for various charities

  Sales of Snowdrops by specialist nurseries are on specific days - these dates can be found at  https://www.welfordpark.co.uk/

Approximately 120miles away, via M20, M25 and M4
but if you have time and energy for a good day out or even a weekend away  - it is OH so worth it!

   The snowdrops at Welford park have been naturalised in the woods for centuries and are thought to have been some of the earliest introduced into Britain.  The website tells us that ... 
"We think the snowdrops here at Welford Park were planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use." 
What a wonderful thought.

Welford Park Snowdrops on Eco-enchantments ©vcsinden2015

     As you walk along the sweeping drives towards the house (above) you'll see more snowdrops than you can believe - I honestly thought that I had seen the best - until - past the river - I found "The Snowdrop Woods" !

Welford Park Snowdrops on Eco-enchantments ©vcsinden2015 Welford Park Snowdrops on Eco-enchantments ©vcsinden2015

Welford Park, Berkshire on Eco-enchantments ©vcsinden2015

Take the bridge across the river - then hold your breath! .....

Welford Park Snowdrops on Eco-enchantments ©vcsinden2015

Welford Park Snowdrops on Eco-enchantments ©vcsinden2015

The ' Teashop' and 'Garden Marquee' will be open for light lunches and teas.
It is adjacent to 'The Snowdrop Shop' which has a fine range of  snowdrop themed ceramics, textiles, stationary and hand-made jewellery.

 

Photos taken at  Welford Park, Berkshire, February 2015   ©vcsinden