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The Snowdrops Are Stirring

As the weather has been so cold these last few days I have not been inclined to go outside, so this morning it was fantastic to venture out and get a bit of fresh air in the sunshine. Snowdrop in budI really believe that there is nothing quite like the winter sun to charge our batteries and make us smile.

During my walk I noticed the snowdrops were nearly ready to come out which made me think in anticipation of spring being just around the corner.

The Snowdrop, perhaps unsurprisingly given its status as one of the first signs of new spring life, has come to symbolize hope, new birth and purity. It is also the birth flower for January. Snowdrops Whisper in the wind Canvas Picture by Celia Henderson LRPSThe beautiful pictures by Celia Henderson show how delightful these beautiful flowers are and make a wonderful gift or addition to any household

There are 20 recognised species of snowdrop but like many plant species, they are under threat in certain areas. They are protected under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) rulings,

Since the 1950s Kew Gardens have been monitoring the growth of snowdrops in the UK. Traditionally they would appear in February, but since the 1990’s they have been arriving increasingly early. These days they are found as early in the year as January.

Where to see the Snow Drops

More than 80 gardens will open their gates for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Snowdrop Festival during February, to mark the imminent change of season with their snowdrop displays. Here are the details of some of those around the country.

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Area Postcode


Home Farm Gloucestershire GL19 3HQ  

Sunday 29 January (11am – 3pm) Sunday 12 February (11am – 3pm)


Austwick Hall North Yorkshire LA2 8BS Wednesday 22 February (12 – 4pm)
Bagthorpe Hall Norfolk PE31 6QY Sunday 26 February (11am – 4pm)
Ellicar Gardens Nottinghamshire PE31 6QY Sunday 26 February (12 – 4pm)
Blakenham Woodland Garden Suffolk IP8 4LZ Sunday 19 February (10am – 5pm)
Boughton House Northamptonshire NN14 1BJ Sunday 26 February (11am – 3pm)
Bramdean House Hampshire SO24 0JU Sunday 19 February (2 – 4pm)
Briarfield Cheshire CH64 5TL Saturday 25 February (1 – 4pm) Sunday 26 February (1 – 4pm)
Coddington Vineyard Herefordshire HR8 1JJ Tuesday 21 February (12 – 3pm) Friday 24 February (12 – 3pm)
Congburn Arboretum Durham DH7 6DY Sunday 26 February (10am – 4pm)
Copton Ash Kent ME13 8XW Sunday 12 February (12 – 4pm)
The Dower House




DE73 8JH Saturday 18 February (10am – 4pm) Sunday 19 February (10am – 4pm)
East Lambrook Manor Gardens Somerset TA13 5HH Sunday 19 February (10am – 5pm)




SP7 8BA Saturday 25 February (11am – 3.30pm) Sunday 26 February (11am – 3.30pm)
Gatton Park Surrey RH2 0TW Sunday 12 February (11am – 4pm)
Hanham Court Bristol BS15 3NT Sunday 12 February (11am – 4pm)
High Garden




EX6 8NJ Tuesday 31 January (9am – 5pm) Wednesday 1 February (9am – 5pm)
Lacock Abbey Gardens Wiltshire SN15 2LG Saturday 25 February (10.30am – 5.30pm)
Manor of Dean Sussex GU28 9AP Sunday 12 February (2 – 4pm) Sunday 5 March (2 – 5pm)
Millichope Park Shropshire SY7 9HA Sunday 19 February (2 – 5pm)
Robinson College Cambridgeshire CB3 9AN Saturday 28 January (2 – 4pm) Sunday 29 January (2 – 4pm)
Weeping Ash Garden Lancashire WA3 5NS Sunday 12 February (12 – 4pm) Sunday 19 February (12 – 4pm)
Welford Park Berkshire RG20 8HU Wednesday 8 February (11am – 4pm)
West Dean Gardens West Sussex PO18 0RX Sunday 5 February (9am – 4pm)
Whitlenge Gardens Worcestershire


DY10 4HD Saturday 4 February (10am – 5pm) Sunday 5 February (10am – 5pm)

Of course if you do choose to visit one of these beautiful gardens, it would not be the English thing to do to leave without having a lovely cup of tea and a piece of cake!