For glanthophiles, February is the month to venture out of the house to admire snowdrops. Here we've come up with a list of some of the best places to visit for stunning snowdrop displays.
Snowdrops are a sure sign that spring is on its way. The delicate dropping heads of these small white flowers are a charming sight on a winter's day and in February, gardens up and down the country open to celebrate their arrival with snowdrop- themed events. Here we've put together a list of some of the best places to see stunning snowdrop displays.
Celebrate the first signs of spring with Snowdrop Weekends at Waterperry Gardens on 18-19 and 25-26 February. The ornamental gardens are home to more than 30 types of snowdrop.
Open 10am-5pm, January to March. Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1LA. Tel 01844 339252, waterperrygardens.co.uk
The woodlands surrounding Welford Park in Newbury are carpeted with snowdrops. There are many galanthus cultivars in the formal garden, along with hellebores, aconites and winter flowering shrubs.
Open 1 February - 5 March, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm. Welford Park, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8HU. Tel 01488 608691, welfordpark.co.uk
Rode Hall and Gardens
Experience one of the UK's finest snowdrop walks at Rode Hall and Gardens, which has over 70 types of snowdrop. Homemade light lunches and cream teas available. Open 4 February - 5 March, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm. Church Lane, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QP. Tel 01270 873237, rodehall.co.uk
Forde Abbey and Gardens
Throughout February the 30 acres of award-winning gardens are carpeted in a spectacular display of snowdrops. Weather depending, the camellias will be in full bloom along with an abundance of hellebores and early spring bulbs. Gardens open daily from 10am-4pm. Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU. Tel 01460 220231, fordeabbey.co.uk
The castle's winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. Open 5, 12 and 19 February, from 11am-4pm. Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ. Tel 01787 460261. hedinghamcastle.co.uk
• As displays of snowdrops and other spring flowers are weather dependent, please double check all opening days and times before travelling.