With the mild winter that we have had, snowdrops are already emerging in considerable numbers. Now is a great time to plan to visit some of the wonderful snowdrop collections that can be found in the Cotswolds.
Painswick Rococo Garden
These gardens, a masterpiece of 18th Century landscape design are set in a hidden Cotswold Valley and as well as being home to a fantastic display of snowdrops boast magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The gardens and are already reporting that they have snowdrops in bloom, paticularly in their snowdrop grove. Everyday during February at 2:30pm an expert member of Rococo’s Garden Team will be on hand to give a short talk about their snowdrops. Visit www.rococogarden.org.uk for progress updates.
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Award winning Batsford Arboretum is not only home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs, it also has a fantastic display of snowdrops. Batsford are already reporting that a sea of snowdrops are appearing by their stream and suggest that their snowdrops, aconites, crocuses and hellibores will be at their best during February. Keep an eye out at www.batsarb.co.uk for up to date information.
Cerney House Gardens
Cerney House gardens is something of a ‘best kept secret’ in the Cotswolds where in the middle of winter, visitors are wowed by a carpet of snowdrops. The gardens are set around a Victorian walled garden and belong to Lady Angus and her family. In the words of Country Living, they have achieved ‘what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve’. Take some time out to be wowed by these delightful gardens! Visit www.cerneygardens.com for more information and to check opening times (the gardens reopen on 26th January 2019)Photo credit: Kay Ransom
The snowdrop collection at Colesbourne Park in the beautiful Churn Valley in the heart of the Cotswolds was started nearly 150 years ago. The garden now boasts 250 different snowdrop cultivars and has been called ‘England’s Greatest Snowdrop Garden’ by Country Life. Visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants. The Gardens are open at weekends from 2nd February – 3rd March from 1pm. Visit www.colesbournegardens.org.uk for more information.