Despite all the trials and trauma in our daily lives at the moment, nature continues her seasonal cycle quietly and unabated, and that is very clear to see here in the Garden.  As the days get longer, first thoughts of spring are in the air.  And for many, that means snowdrops.

Our snowdrops are in full bloom! (updated 23/2/21) Thanks to the cold weather at the start of the month, the snowdrops’ growth has progressed more slowly than in recent years and they are still looking great.

Over five million snowdrops carpet the wooded areas of the Garden.  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.

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Photos courtesy of Stroud Camera Club and Megan Williams (dog in snowdrops)