Buying Snowdrops in the Green

Specialist Snowdrop Nurseries and Bulb Merchants

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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.   You can see Ashwood Nurseries full Snowdrop range here.

Avon Bulbs, in Somerset, grow a huge range of beautiful snowdrops, including Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’, Galanthus ‘Bitter Lemons’ 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.

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.
Information for disabled visitors to Colesbourne Park can be found 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.

Morlas Plants, are a family run mail order nursery, based in Oswestry, in Shropshire.  Morlas Plants stock a large range of snowdrops including: Galanthus ‘Bloomer’, and Galanthus ‘Heffalump’.  You can view the full range of snowdrops available at Morlas Plants, 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 350 different snowdrop varieties, including Galanthus ‘Cliff Curtis’Galanthus elwesii ‘Wessex Titan’, Galanthus koenenianus, and many other super snowdrops.  Please contact Edulis to see their full snowdrop range.

Forde Abbey, in Somerset, holds Snowdrop Weekends every weekend, during February.

Foxgrove Plants, from Enborne, 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. offer a large range of beautiful snowdrops for sale, including Galanthus ‘Bill Bishop’, Galanthus ‘Armine’, 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 species and hybrids.  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

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 is a small independent specialist snowdrop nursery.  Matt sells a wide range of beautiful snowdrops, including: Galanthus nivalis ‘Orange Star’, Galanthus nivalis ‘Green Tear’, and Galanthus elwesii ‘Ice Bear’.  Here’s a link to all of the snowdrops for sale in Matt Bishop’s online snowdrop store.

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

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 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

Michael and Anne Broadhurst produce an updated sales list of about 70 snowdrop varieties each December.  The couple 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 has often 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.

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 only 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 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, and nerines.  They have some snowdrops available in the green, including Galanthus elwesii.  For availability and prices, email Simon Lockyer at

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 2024 until Sunday 3rd March 2024, opening from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am until 4pm.  This garden have snowdrop sales for visitors on select dates, please click here for details.  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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