Our Famous Snowdrops

Spectacular annual display of naturalised snowdrops

Famed for having one of the largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops in the country, the hidden valley which forms the Rococo Garden is unforgettably carpeted with white for a few weeks at the start of spring.  There are fifteen known varieties of snowdrop in the Garden, including the famous Galanthus 'Atkinsii'.  This distinctively tall, handsome flower was first discovered in Painswick by estate worker James Atkins in the 1800s.

Your snowdrops visit

We've put together this short guide to help you make the most of your time with us.  Read on - or watch our short video to whet your appetite.

1. On busy days, our neighbours kindly allow us to park cars on their field, which is immediately adjacent to the main car park.  It can be wet and occasionally muddy so please come prepared with suitable footwear.  The field is not suitable for visitors with mobility difficulties and large or heavy vehicles - please make yourself known to our team on arrival if this applies to you and we will redirect you.

2. If you like to see your snowdrops in peace and quiet, we recommend arriving early - we open at 10.30am sharp.  We anticipate our busiest times being half term (Saturday 10 - Sunday 18 February) and sunny weekends.  Do bear with us during busy times - we are doing our best!

3. Our paths are made of bark chippings or compacted hoggin and there are quite a few steep hills.  If you are coming with a pushchair or wheelchair, please check out our access guide (or ask for a printed copy when you arrive) which will help you find your way around.

4. We are temporarily expanding the indoor seating area in our Cafe by around a third this year so more of our visitors can enjoy our fabulous range of cakes, freshly-ground coffees and light lunches.  We serve takeaway food and drinks too - more details from our Cafe page.  We also have a range of plants (including snowdrops) for sale here.

5. If you are coming with children, we hope you will have a go at our children's trail, which is available free at the Welcome Desk.  Make time to explore our anniversary maze and to let off steam on our newly expanded rustic play area, the Hidden Hollow.

6. There are daily snowdrops talks by one of our expert gardeners up to and including 28th February, starting at 2.30pm on the Bowling Green in the heart of the Garden.  Lasting 10-15 minutes, this is a chance to hear about the history of the Garden and our snowdrops, and to ask any questions you may have.  The talk location will be clearly signed and the talk is totally free of charge!

Photography competition

We’re running a competition during the snowdrop season to find a sumptuous photograph to use in our snowdrop promotions for next year. 

We’re looking for a photograph that captures the beauty of our snowdrops against the backdrop of one of the historic Garden follies.

As well as the glory of seeing your photograph used as our lead image next year, you’ll also win a family season pass to the Garden!

How to enter

Simply post your photo on Facebook or Instagram. Tag Painswick Rococo Garden and include the following hashtag #snowdropcompetition2018.

Or email to marketing@rococogarden.org.uk. Please retain your original!

Image specifications:
•    The image must capture our snowdrops and one of the follies
•    Must be high resolution
•    Is ideally landscape (rather than portrait, though we will consider these)
•    If there are people in the image (who can be identified) please seek their permission before entering the competition.

Entries must be recieved by 9am on Thursday 1st March 2018 and winners will be notified by Saturday 31st March.