Thanks to a lovely chilly few weeks, we're delighted that our snowdrops are still blooming. The main Snowdrop Grove is still in full flower, but this is likely to be the case only until the end of the month. Thereafter, as the sun warms up, we will see the last snowdrops, cyclamen and the first daffodils all blooming at the same time - a proper crossover of the seasons.
We've put together this guide to help you make the most of your visit. Please be aware that the Garden's facilities are bijou, so do bear with us at busy times - usually sunny days and weekends.
Whilst you're here, don't miss our daily snowdrops talks with one of our expert gardeners. These will take place 1-28 February inclusive, starting at 2.30pm on the Bowling Green in the heart of the Garden, and last 10-15 minutes. As well as finding out about the history of the Garden and our snowdrops, you'll be able to ask all of your snowdrops questions.
Around that, why not enjoy a slice of homemade cake and a freshly ground coffee in our cosy Cafe, or try something warming from our special snowdrop season menu? We also have an expanded range of goods available in the Shop, including a large array of second hand books.
If you're with children, there's also the chance to have a go at our brand new children's trail around the Garden. The maze is looking crisp after its first cut of the the year. And of course there's our expanded rustic play area in the Hidden Hollow at the bottom of the Garden, featuring plenty of challenges for all ages.
We estimate there are over 5 million snowdrops to see here, with the most famous being Galanthus "Atkinsii", a particularly tall and handsome variety. This was discovered here in the 1800s by James Atkins, who lived in one of the estate cottages. There are 15 varieties in total here in the Garden, though it's for the size of the display and the natural beauty of the Garden for which visitors come from far and wide.