Banish The Dark Days Of Winter
Each year the National Garden Scheme starts the garden visiting season with its inspirational Snowdrop and Spring Flower gardens.
Hundreds of gardens sprinkled with snowdrops - these delightful harbingers of spring - and wonderful, colour contrasting spring blooms including the bright gold of aconites and soft purple of crocus, open their gates to the public from late January through February and into March.
“After the long, dark winter months, the appearance of these beautiful early spring flowers really lifts the spirits and heralds the start of all the wonderful gardens to come,” says National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, George Plumptre. “Year on year more and more people discover the joys of these late winter / early spring garden visits, many of which are accompanied by tea and cake or a warming bowl of soup! Our expert garden owners are also on hand to share their top tips of how to grow snowdrops with many selling a good selection of varieties too.”
Over 100 gardens open their gates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of this wonderful celebration of the new garden visiting season.
A full list is available on the National Garden Scheme website www.ngs.org.uk
For a full list of our beneficiaries, please visit: www.ngs.org.uk/beneficiaries.
Image courtesy of National Garden Scheme.
Here are the gardens you can visit in February:
2 & 4 Feb
1 Highfield Road, Nuthall, Nottingham. NG16 1BQ.
Visit this garden in February to see an amazing collection of 700+ snowdrop varieties, with 300 varieties in the garden and many more in show benches. The spring garden has lots of colour, with many rare and unusual plants, miniature narcissus, acers, aconities and hellebores. A good selection of garden pots and ornaments. Many snowdrop varieties and other plants available for sale. Featured in RHS Plant Review Magazine December 2022. Refreshments, plants for sale, cashless payment available.
Church Farm, Church Lane, West Drayton. DN22 8EB.
Essentially a spring garden with woodland area carpeted with snowdrops, aconites, and cyclamen which have seeded into the adjoining churchyard. Approximately 180 named snowdrops flourish in island beds, along with hellebores and daffodils. Natural planting contrasts with elegant topiary. Wheelchair access, dog friendly, plants for sale, refreshments.
Norwood Park, Halam Road, Southwell. NG25 0PF.
The grounds of Norwood Park date back to medieval times when they were a series of deer parks. A new garden on the south front of the C18 house was created in 2021 to showcase plants for all seasons. To the west, a lime avenue lined with snowdrops and daffodils creates a spectacular scene and leads on to Mrs. Delaney’s path, to the ornamental temple. Wheelchair access, dog friendly, plants for sale, parking, refreshments, cashless payments, accommodation.
10 Feb - 21 Sep (Open By Arrangement)
Bolham Manor, Bolham Way, Bolham, Retford. DN22 9JG.
This 3-acre mature garden provides year-round interest. In February, swathes of snowdrops greet you, followed by daffodils and other spring bulbs. Topiary features and sculptures guide you through the different areas of the garden, with its mixed garden terraces and herbaceous borders, ponds, orchard and wildflower areas. Partial wheelchair access. Plants for sale, refreshments, picnic area, cashless payment available.
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