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Snowdrops - ( Galanthus ) 
Did you know
the Scientific name for Galanthus means milk flower. These lovely flowers are among the first to raise their heads in the New Year, when it is warm they release a fragrance. Look carefully at the snowdrops to see their green markings on the inside. Did you know that soldiers were so enchanted by snowdrops that they brought them back from the Crimean War battlefields to plant in their gardens. ( 1853 - 1856).   
Snowdrop collecting has now become very popular with some snowdrop bulbs selling for over £600. There are many varieties of snowdrops and some are shown below. Thousands of people look  for places to see the snowdrops and we are pleased to list around 100. So get out and about perhaps with your camera - you will not be disappointed.

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Amazing snowdrop scene at Welford Park

Snowdrop Gardens to visit - 2014 - from around 20 January to March
Where to see snowdrops -  102 gardens now listed. 
Update 31 January - Should now be seeing good displays. Please check before travelling 
as it is still early and some gardens may be closed because of ground conditions.
Please mention Great British Gardens when calling.
This year we have added even more Snowdrop Gardens recommended by the National Gardens Scheme around Britain. These gardens are likely to be smaller but we are told they are well worth visiting. So this is your chance to see some gardens for the first time and help the good causes which the scheme supports.
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please telephone garden before travelling distances. See list below

You can see great displays of snowdrops and walks at all the Gardens mentioned below from around 20 January  to mid March. You could even take a relaxing break and visit other Gardens in the area staying at one of our recommended Hotels. Click on Garden name for weblink. It is great to see that many more snowdrop gardens are opening their doors under the National Gardens Scheme, these are indicated by ngs - National Gardens Scheme

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Welford Park

Dawyk Scottish Borders

Painswick Rococo Garden

Newark Park Gloucestershire

Lackock Abbey Snowdrops in February look great

Snowdrop watching at Welford Park

Snowdrops were originally planted in many churchyards accross the country

Benington Lordship has lovely snowdrop walks

Newark Park Snowdrops by PaulLeitch

Kings Arms Garden, Bedfordshire ngs
Welford Park,  Berkshire 
Magnolia House, Buckinghamshire ngs
Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
Chippenham Park , Cambridgeshire
Robinswood, Cambridgeshire ngs
Coombegate Cottage, Cornwall ngs
Bucklow Farm, Cheshire and Wirral ngs
Rode Hall, Cheshire ( on their website click on snowdrops page )
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Pencarrow House, Cornwall
Acorn Bank, Cumbria ngs
Summerdale House, Cumbria ngs
Hopton Hall, Derbyshire
The Old Barn, Derbyshire, open for charity
Snowdrop "Sprite" Snowdrop "Comet" Snowdrop "Sandersii" Snowdrop "Wendys Gold" Snowdrop"Anglesey Abbey"
Cherubeer Gardens, Devon ngs
Forde Abbey - Devon
Littlehamhouse Cottage Devon ngs
Hartland Abbey, Devon - Closed for snowdrops because of storms
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Lawsbrook, Dorset ngs 
Snape Cottage, Wiltshire 
Easton Lodge, Essex 
Myddleton House, Essex
Old Rectory, Essex ngs
Camers Garden, Gloucestershire
Batsford Arboretum, Gloucestershire
Cerney House - Gloucestershire 
Colesbourne Park, Gloucestershire 
Cotswold Farm, Gloucestershire
Home Farm, Gloucestershire ngs
Dr Jenner's House and Garden, Gloucestershire ngs
Kempsford Manor, Gloucestershire ngs
Rodmarton Manor, Gloucestershire
Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire
Newark Park, Gloucestershire - info line :Tel:  01453 842644
Trench Hill, Gloucestershire ngs
Snowdrop Green Man 'Warburg' Snowdrop 'Blueberry Tart' snowdrop 'Lady Elphinstone' snowdrops 'Cornwood Gem' snowdrops
Bramdean House, Hampshire ngs
Brandy Mount, Hampshire
Little Court, Hampshire ngs
The Down House, Hampshire ngs
The Weir, Herefordshire
Ivy Croft, Herefordshire ngs
Walkern Hall, Hertfordshire ngs
Benington Lordship, Hertfordshire
Goodnestone Park, Kent
Mere House, Kent ngs
Spring Platt, Kent ngs
Lytham Hall, Lancashire 
Bank Hall, Lancashire - Tel 01772 613334
Cobble Hey, Lancashire
Weeping Ash, Lancashire ngs
The Homestead, Leicestershire ngs
Chapel Street, Lincolnshire ngs
Doddington Hall Gardens, Lincolnshire
Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire
Garden House Saxby, Lincolnshire 
'Diggory' snowdrops 'Green Necklace' snowdrops 'Cowhouse Green' snowdrops 'Modern Art' snowdrops Snowdrop 'Pussey Green Tips'
Hackthorn Hall, Lincolnshire - For Charity
Little Ponton House, Lincolnshire ngs
Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Bagthorpe Hall, Norfolk ngs
Chestnut Farm, Norfolk ngs
Horstead House, Norfolk ngs
Hoveton House, Norfolk
Lexham Hall, Norfolk ngs
Walsingham, Norfolk 
Howick Hall, Northumberland 
Evenley Wood, Northants 
Coton Manor, Northants
Greywalls, Northants ngs
Jericho, Northants ngs
Kelmarsh Hall, Northants
Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire
The Beeches, Nottinghamshire ngs
Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire
Dudmaston, Shropshire
Brechin Castle Gardens, Scotland
Bruckhills Garden, Aberdeenshire Scotlands Gardens Scheme
Castle Kenedy, Scotland
Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Scotland 
Duninald Castle, Scotland
Finlaystone, Scotland
Cambo Estate, Scotland
Kailzie Gardens, Scotland
Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland
Pitmuies, Scotland
East Lambrook Manor, Somerset 
Hanham Court, Somerset
Sherborne Garden, Somerset ngs
Snowdrop Valley, Exmoor, Somerset
Sugnall Hall, Staffordshire - details awaited
Gable House, Suffolk ngs
Gatton Park, Surrey
Pembury House, Sussex ngs
The Manor of Dean, Sussex, ngs
Belsay Hall, Tyne and Wear
Glog Ddu, North East Wales ngs
Penrhyn Castle, North Wales
Plas-yn-Rhiw, North Wales 
Avon Cottage, Wiltshire ngs
Great Chalfield, Wiltshire Tel:  01225 782239
Heale Gardens, Wiltshire - closed at present time because of flooding 
Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire  
Austwick Hall, Yorkshire ngs
Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire

                Images of individual snowdrops courtesy of Avon Bulbs ( Copyright )

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Snowdrop Gardens Weekend 2013

Our suggested Snowdrops Weekend self arranged break in Cotswolds & Thames Valley staying
 in the historic Cotswold town of Cirencester. You can of course book a hotel anywhere in the 
area just see our hotels guide.
Select from our selected hotels in Cirencester click here .
Please check opening times before booking your hotel.

  • Saturday AM - Visit Welford Park, near Hungerford then drive to your chosen destination below
     ( approx 1 hour from Welford. )
  • Saturday PM Arrive at your hotel in Cirencester  - 
    Why not arrange a Theatre Trip in Bath or Cheltenham or just have a great dinner.
  • Sunday AM - Visit Painswick Rococo Garden, PM visit Colesbourne Park - Return to Hotel for dinner.
  • Monday AM - Why not take a walk in nearby Westonbirt Arboretum 3 miles from Tetbury followed by coffee or lunch either at the Arboretum or in Tetbury before returning home.

Look for 5-star quality hotels to independent hotels, B&Bís and guesthouses. We also list hotels at airports and destinations all over the world.  Before booking you can check genuine guest reviews. You can book on line and no deposit is required and we have some great deals.

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