Buying Snowdrops in the Green

Snowdrops are often offered for sale ‘in the green’, where the snowdrops are still flowering, or the flowers are just going over, but the leaves are still fresh and green.

It’s really important to buy quality snowdrops from reputable suppliers, firstly to ensure that you receive the snowdrop variety that you’ve purchased, and secondly to ensure that you aren’t buying bulbs that have been taken from the wild.  Here’s a list of some of the reputable snowdrop nurseries:

Ashwood Nurseries sell a large range of snowdrops, including Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley, Galanthus ‘Cowhouse Green’.   You can see Ashwood Nurseries full Snowdrop range here.

Avon Bulbs, in Somerset, grow a huge range of beautiful snowdrops, including Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Blewbury Tart’, Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’, and Galanthus  ‘Atkinsii’ among others.  This popular, award winning nursery has enjoyed great success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show winning 30 Gold medals so far.  You can view the full range of snowdrops offered for sale by Avon Bulbs here.

The Beth Chatto Gardens Nursery sell snowdrops online, you can see their Snowdrop List here, which includes Galanthus ‘Washfield Colesbourne’GalanthusMagnet’, and Galanthus elwesiiCedric’s Prolific’.

Broadleigh Gardens are a super supplier of snowdrops.  Broadleigh have many varieties of snowdrop for sale, including Galanthus nivalis, the common single snowdrop and Galanthus athenae, an early flowering variety, which flowers from the end of November onwards – an ideal variety to choose if you’d like to have snowdrops in flower at Christmas time.  You can also purchase the popular Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ a beautiful and elegant snowdrop.  Broadleigh Bulbs offer a starter collection of easy snowdrops for potential Galanthophiles, you can view Broadleigh Bulbs full range of snowdrops here.

Cambo Snowdrops in Fife, Scotland, supply snowdrops in the green, as well as snowflakes, wild garlic and Aconites.  Cambo is a great garden to visit, with 70 acres of snowdrop woods to explore, their Snowdrop Festival runs from 2nd February 2018 through until 11th March 2018.

Colesbourne Park, Colesbourne, Near Cheltnham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP, have Snowdrop Open Days where visitors can admire the Elwes family’s extensive snowdrop collection, which features three hundred and fifty snowdrop varieties.  Colesbourne Park Snowdrop Open Days open from 1pm until 4.30pm, on Saturday 4th February 2017, Sunday 5th February 2017, Saturday 11th February 2017, Sunday 12th February 2017, Saturday 18th February 2017, Sunday 19th February 2017, Saturday 25th February 2017, Sunday 26th February 2017, Saturday 4th March 2017, Sunday 5th March 2017.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Colesbourne Park can be found here.

Colesbourne Park offer private, weekday snowdrop tours for groups, clubs and societies during February 2018.  Tours are guided by Sir Henry Elwes or Lady Elwes, together with Colesbourne Park’s Head Gardener, Arthur Cole, and give a uniquely personal look at the snowdrop collection and the gardens.  Tours start at 11am or 2 pm, prior booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

Colesbourne Park don’t offer a mail order service, but they do sell snowdrops to visitors attending their open days, tours and other events.  Attendees are able to reserve the snowdrops they wish to purchase, and then collect their plants during their visit to Colesbourne Park.  To see a list of the snowdrops that are for sale at Colesbourne Park in 2017, please click here.

Cornovium Snowdrops, stock a large range of snowdrops including, Galanthus x plicatus ‘Baylham’Galanthus elwesii ‘Rosemary Burnham’, and Galanthus nivalis ‘Blonde Inge’.  You can view the full range of snowdrops available at Cornovium Snowdrops here.

Crocus sell Galanthus nivalis in the green.  Here’s a link to see the full range of snowdrops offered by Crocus.

Dryad Nursery is a small mail order nursery, run by Anne Wright in Tockwith, North Yorkshire.  Anne grows great quality snowdrops which she has propagated herself, including Dryad Nursery’s own home-grown cultivars, as well as other lovely and rare varieties.  For all the details, please click here.

Edulis Plants stock Galanthus ‘Cliff Curtis’Galanthus elwesii ‘Wessex Titan’Galanthus elwesii ‘Faint Heart’, and many other snowdrops, please contact Edulis to see their full snowdrop range.

Forde Abbey, in Somerset, has Snowdrop Weekends every weekend in February.  There’s a Plant and Gardening Fair at Forde Abbey on Sunday 4th March 2018, where you can purchase snowdrops, crocus, and other spring flowering plants.

Foxgrove Plants, from Enbourne, Newbury in Berkshire, have a list of snowdrops for sale, via mail order or collection from their nursery.  Foxgrove Plants’ Snowdrop List features a number of snowdrop cultivars, including Galanthus elwesiiComet’GalanthusAtkinsii’, and GalanthusPrimrose Warburg’, to name a few.  You can view Foxgrove Plants’ full list of snowdrops here.

Galanthus.co.uk offer a large range of beautiful snowdrops for sale, including Galanthus elwesii ‘The Groom’, Galanthus ‘Cowhouse Green’, and Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Boyd’s Double’.  You can view their full range of snowdrops here.

Harveys Garden Plants offer snowdrops for sale, including Galanthus ‘Ruth Birchall’, Galanthus nivalis ‘Blewbury’, and Galanthus elwesii ‘Kite’.  You can view the full range of snowdrops offered by Harveys Garden Plants here.

Ian Christie is based in Scotland, he has grown snowdrops for many years.  Ian specialises in recently discovered Scottish snowdrops, as well as snowdrops found at Brechin Castle. To receive Ian Christie’s Snowdrop List and discover the snowdrops he has available this year, please email him at ianchristie@btconnect.com

Ivycroft Plants, in Leominster, Herefordshire, have a Snowdrop List, which includes Galanthus ‘Modern Art’, Galanthus ‘Shaggy’, and Galanthus plicatus ‘Three Ships’.

Jacques Amand International sell some beautiful varieties of snowdrops in the green, including Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’, Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’, and Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Pusey Green Tips’.  To see the full range of snowdrops offered for sale by Jacques Amand International, please click here.

Mac Plants, in East Lothian, offer snowdrops for sale, including Galanthus elwesii ‘Fred’s Giant’Galanthus ‘Desdemona’, and Galanthus ‘Little Ben’.  You can view the full range of snowdrops available from Mac Plants here.

Matt Bishop Snowdrops are offered for sale via ebay, here’s a link to Matt Bishop’s Ebay store, which features some very beautiful snowdrops.

Michael Myers is a snowdrop expert from North Yorkshire, Michael has been growing snowdrops for over 33 years and sells snowdrops via his mail order catalogue.  You can find Michael Myers’s snowdrops for sale on Ebay under the name mdmcollectables.  Michael publishes his Snowdrop List to customers via email, if you would like to receive Michael Myers Snowdrop List, please email him on michaeldmyers@btinternet.com

Monksilver Nursery sell snowdrops.

North Green Snowdrops offer a range of snowdrops sold in the green, which are dispatched during March and April each year.  To view their current catalogue, please click here.

Peter Nyssen sell snowdrops in the green.

Pottertons Nursery offer a number of snowdrops for sale, including Galanthus plicatus ‘Augustus’, Galanthus woronowii, and Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’.  You can view the full list of snowdrops offered by Pottertons Nursery here.

Michael and Anne Broadhurst, of Rainbow Farm Snowdrops, Halesworth Road, Redisham, Beccles, Suffolk, NR 34 8NE, are collectors and growers of snowdrops.  The Broadhursts have an extensive snowdrop collection, they supply snowdrops in small quantities, sold as potted plants at sales and events during the snowdrop season.  Please note – the Broadhursts do not sell any plants via mail order.  Plants may also be collected by prior arrangement from Rainbow Farm.  A tour of the snowdrop collection at Rainbow Farm may be possible while you collect your purchases – weather and time permitting.  Telephone 01502 575404 or email broadhurst320@btinternet.com or click here to see the Broadhurt’s 2018 Snowdrop List.

Michael and Anne Broadhurst produce an updated sales list of about 70 snowdrop varieties each December, this is available by email (or post by request).  They specialise in their own selections, which include varieties such as Galanthus ‘Ivy Cottage Corporal’, Galanthus ‘Homersfield’, Galanthus ‘Pearl Drops’ , Galanthus ‘Sweetheart’, Galanthus ‘Bluestreak’, Galanthus ‘Fox Farm’, and Galanthus ‘Rainbow Farm Early’, as well as snowdrop plants that originated at Anglesey Abbey.  Recent snowdrop varieties from Anglesey Abbey named by the Broadhursts include: Galanthus ‘Green Eyes’, Galanthus ‘Anglesey Adder’, and Galanthus ‘Anglesey Aurora’.  The Broadhursts’ snowdrops do not all originate from Anglesey Abbey, as sometimes has been assumed.  Snowdrops raised at Rainbow Farm will now be distinguished by the prefix ‘Rainbow’, to clearly differentiate these snowdrops from those originating at Anglesey Abbey.

The Broadhursts grow a large quantity of snowdrops from seed, as they look to discover new plants worthy of naming and distribution.  They specialise in autumn flowering snowdrops and late flowering snowdrops, which bloom in March and April.

Snowdrop Sensation, a Snowdrop Plant Fair, will be held on Sunday 18th February 2018 at Great Comp Gardens, Comp Lane, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QS, Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery, will be selling snowdrops from his own extensive collection, there will also be other nurseries selling snowdrops and early spring flowering plants.  Great Comp Gardens are usually closed during February, so this special day is a lovely opportunity to view Great Comp’s collection of snowdrops, Hellebores and other winter flowering plants, for all the details, please click here.

Andrew and Anita Thorp run a small nursery together, they stock over 1000 named snowdrop cultivars, including many new and interesting forms of snowdrop, which are available in small numbers.  Andrew and Anita’s snowdrop list becomes available in December each year.  They charge a small fee for postage to the UK and Europe.  Visitors are welcome by appointment.  Email hannahs-plants@virginmedia.com Telephone 01858 880496 or write to Andrew and Anita Thorp at Bungalow No 5, Main Street, Theddingworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6QZ for more details.

W & S Lockyer are a truly wonderful nursery, selling quality snowdrops, auriculas, hostas and nerines.  They have some snowdrops available in the green, including Galanthus elwesii.  For availability and prices, email Simon Lockyer at simonlockyer39@gmail.com.

The Welford Park Plant Fair is a Specialist Plant Fair specialising in winter and spring flowering plants and bulbs and seeds for the summer, it’s held at the beautiful Welford Park in Berkshire on Wednesday 28th February 2018 and Thursday 1st March 2018 from 11am until 4pm, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  The Snowdrop Tearoom will also be open and there is a plant creche.  At Welford Park you can visit their wonderful beech woods which are underplanted with carpets of Galanthus nivalis, their rarer snowdrop varieties can be found in the formal gardens.  The gardens at Welford Park are open from Wednesday 31st January 2018 until Sunday 4th March 2018, opening from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am until 4pm.  The gardens at Welford Park are always closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Welford Park is a private home, please check their opening times before visiting the gardens.

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