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The Best Places to See Snowdrops in The UK

CandideUK
Published on January 17th 2022
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It's snowdrop season! A sign that we'll soon be rid of winter and back into the lush arms of spring.
So to help you shake off the winter cobwebs, we've put together a list of the best spots in the UK to get your snowdrop fix. So drop everything, it's time to see some snowdrops.

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East Lambrock Gardens

East Lambrook Manor Gardens is the iconic and quintessentially English cottage garden created by the celebrated 20th-century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish. It was here that she developed her own style of gardening, combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner to create a garden of immense beauty.
Charming pathways wind through the garden, guiding visitors past the abundant borders and the noteworthy collections of Hellebores, Hardy Geraniums and Snowdrops. You will also find a superb specialist hardy plant nursery - it’s the perfect opportunity to find a real head-turner for your own plot.
East Lambrook has been recognised by English Heritage and awarded its Grade 1 status. It remains one of Britain’s most celebrated cottage gardens and provides plenty of inspiration for this style of planting.

Painswick Rococo

Designed in the 1740s as a pleasure garden for holding intimate garden parties, this hidden valley is now the country's only surviving rococo garden..

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from the 25th of January until the 11th of March and has over 70 snowdrop spotting events across the country. With so many opportunities, there's no excuse not to see some dazzling blooms. Featured gardens include:
Flowers in a field at Cambo gardens

Cambo Gardens

A meandering and richly planted open garden on the east coast of Scotland. Cambo Estate offers amazing variety, from the alliums, lilacs and roses in its walled garden to one of the UK’s most impressive collections of snowdrops. One of the most interesting features of the Georgian walled garden is the burn – a gently flowing stream - that runs through it down to the sea. Start with a view of the whole garden by the twisted weeping willow, then wander past herbaceous borders packed with late-season naturalistic and prairie-style plants. In the winter, don’t miss the surrounding woodland, home to birch trees and 350 types of snowdrop. Children will love playing in the Lost Elf Village or spying on each other through the spider hole. And those in need of a good cuppa can drop into the café. There are exciting plans for a contemporary cutting garden, though you can also buy plants in the stables. Go on a tour of the gardens with Lady Catherine Erksine, who has lived at Cambo House since 1976. Learn about its history as well as its quirkier features, and which parts of the garden really come to life at different points in the year.

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

A tranquil haven amid Skye’s wild, rugged landscape. Step into the elegant castle gardens at Dunvegan and discover five acres of immaculate grounds and a romantic castle, like no other. Amble over ornate bridges in the Water Garden, where tranquil ponds are surrounded by a huge variety of colourful flowers and herbaceous plants. See the impressive Japanese Holly centrepiece in the more formal Round Garden, before wandering around the Walled Garden, with its 17th-century sundial and ‘Dunvegan Pebble’ sculpture. Then get a glimpse of the castle and Dunvegan Loch on the shady Woodland Walk. Around 30,000 of the estate’s half-hardy plants are grown from cuttings – find out more about them in the Garden Museum before a snack in the Macleod Tables Café. Or explore Dunvegan Castle itself, home to the Clan Macleod for over 800 years.

Fyvie Castle Garden & Estate

Fyvie Castle houses an 18th century walled garden which contains a collection of Scottish fruit and vegetables. There is also a loch, American garden, woodland garden and landscaped grounds.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre.

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Scone Palace

Scone Palace is open for daily visits from April - October and for corporate events, weddings etc. Private tours around the grounds and gardens are conducted by head gardener, Brian Cunningham.

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Mapperton gardens

Mapperton Gardens is a unique valley garden in West Dorset, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The gardens surround the Jacobean manor house, stable blocks, dovecote and All Saints Church.

Miserden

This 17th-century garden has spectacular views over a deer park and rolling Cotswold hills. The presence of snowdrops only adds to a wonderful sense of peace and tranquillity.

Adlington Hall

Aldington Hall sits within 2000 acres in Cheshire, 60 acres of which have been developed into spectacular gardens, complete with, you guessed it, a pretty spectacular snowdrop display.

Chelsea Physic Garden

![Take home your very own snowdrop bulbs from the Chelsea Physic Garden]
With over 50 snowdrops available to buy and a special talk about snowdrops from Monksilver Nursery's Joe Sharman, this is the hottest spot in London for snowdrop spotting.

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