Now is the time to come and visit our millions of snowdrops, which are blooming beautifully down in the Snowdrop Grove. After the mild winter we've had (so far), our full display is a good week or so ahead of where we would expect it to be, based on previous years. We are very much hoping that it will stay nice and cold now so that they will be looking good until the end of February. We'll keep this page updated so do check back for the latest news.
If you're visiting during February, you're very welcome to join us for a short talk about our snowdrops with one of our expert Garden team down on the Bowling Green, in the centre of the Garden. The talk will take place at 2.30pm every day of the week between 1 and 28 February inclusive, and there's no extra charge.
And if you're visiting with children during February, you may be interested in our fabulous new Big Grow Trail. Some well-loved characters will guide you around the Garden together with the aim of learning some green-fingered skills. Don't worry though: there's no practical gardening to be done whilst you're with us... you can have a go at that when you get home, with the help of your prize! Click here for a link to our poster.
So what do you need to know about snowdrops? The little white blooms are much-loved as the early harbingers of spring, and are usually showing their delicate white flowers in February. However, in the warm winters of recent years, they've been blooming early, with many out at the start of January.
No one knows when snowdrops arrived in the UK from southern Europe, but the name snowdrop first appeared in 1633. It's one of our most cultivated plants.
Here at Painswick, there will be over five million snowdrops to see blooming this spring. No one knows how they got here, but their number and natural beauty makes them one of Gloucestershire's must-see events. There are 15 varieties in total here in the Garden, with the most famous being Galanthus "Atkinsii", a particularly tall and handsome snowdrop. This was discovered here in the 1800s by James Atkins, who lived in an estate cottage here.
The main collection of snowdrops is in the Snowdrop Grove, with more modern varieties above the maze.
For those who like their science... Dissecting their Latin name "galanthus"... "Gala" is Greek for milk. "Anthos" means "flower" and "Nivalis" means of the "snow". The genus has 20 species, and there are over 1500 varieties and cultivars, with more being cultivated all the time. Flowering time is mainly January to March but some will flower at other times. They grow in moist well drained soil. Propagation is by seed, in the green or by micro propagation.