A Calendar of Special Snowdrop Garden Openings, Talks, Events & Open Days for 2021

Snowdrop Events Calendar 2021

Welcome to my 2021 Snowdrop Gardens, Talks, Virtual Events, and Open Days Calendar!  Here are the dates, and all the details of the openings of the most beautiful and magnificent snowdrop gardens.  These gardens are opening to allow visitors the chance to experience the joy of visiting their snowdrop collections.  You’ll also find details of snowdrop study days, open days, virtual talks, lectures, and any other lovely snowdrop events happening in 2021 listed in this calendar!

COVID-19 has naturally altered many events.  I’ve included as much information as I can find here in this calendar.  Please be aware that social distancing may restrict events or lead to last minute cancellations and alterations to schedules; accordingly, you may need to make direct contact with the event organiser’s website, to check details or book your place ahead of time.  I’ve included links to each venue’s website, to make this easier for you.  Please take care and stay safe.

It might seem as if I am publishing this calendar a little early, but for some snowdrop events, places are limited and prior booking is required – I don’t want any of my lovely readers to miss out.  Please do not print out this calendar, as I will be adding more snowdrop events, once they’re finalised and confirmed.  I will update this calendar with the details of new events as I find them.  If I’ve missed your snowdrop event, please contact me with the details, and I will update my calendar to include your event.

I hope you’ll enjoy the coming snowdrop season and this magical time of year!

How to use this calendar:
At the very top of this calendar, you’ll find a series of headings in red text.  If you click on a heading you’ll be whizzed straight over to that section of the calendar – to save you scrolling down.

I have broken down all of this calendar’s snowdrop events by month and by country (where further afield that the UK and Ireland).  At the top of this calendar, please click on the month, or the country, that you would like to view events for.  Within each section, I’ve separated the garden openings into categories, so you can easily find the gardens that are opening daily or on set days during each particular month.  I have listed the one off events each month by date, to make them easier to find, and I’ve listed the gardens that are open by prior arrangement for each month, too.  I hope this will enable you to quickly find the information you require and save you scrolling through any events that have passed already, or are not of interest to you.  When you’re ready – to save you scrolling up – click on the up arrow (found on the right hand side of the page), which will take you back to the top of this page.

Snowdrop Events held in December 2020

On Saturday 12th December 2020, from 2.30pm to 4pm, the North East Plant Heritage Group are holding a Virtual Snowdrop Talk with Alan Briggs, entitled: ‘Snowdrops – why all the fuss?.  This virtual afternoon talk is free for Plant Heritage Members (Although there’s no charge, Plant Heritage Members will still need to book their place) and £5 for non members.  For all the details and to book your place, please click here.

Snowdrop Events held in January 2021

Snowdrop events and garden openings calendar January 2021

On Wednesday 6th January 2021Spring Platt, Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3BY, will be opening by prior arrangement for the NGS from 10am until 3pm.  Please note that this garden is only opening by prior arrangement – you’ll need to pre-book your place to be able to visit this garden.  Spring Platt is a one acre garden that boasts a collection of over 400 different snowdrop varieties, will be opening for the NGS, for all the details – including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

From Friday 15th January  2021 to Sunday 28th February 2021 – Snowdrop Festival at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7LQ.  The Garden House opens from 11am until 4pm.   Due to COVID-19, this Snowdrop Festival has been cancelled; however, local visitors in maximum groups of two people can still visit to see swathes of snowdrops, including over 100 named snowdrop varieties.  Photographs of the Garden House’s snowdrop collection can be seen online, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

***CANCELLED***On Wednesday 20th January 2021Spring Platt, Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3BY, will be opening by prior arrangement for the NGS from 10am until 3pm.  Please note that this garden is only opening by prior arrangement – you’ll need to pre-book your place to be able to visit this garden.  Spring Platt is a one acre garden that boasts a collection of over 400 different snowdrop varieties, will be opening for the NGS, for all the details – including information for disabled visitors, please click here***CANCELLED***

***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED***Harveys Garden Plants are holding their annual Celebration of Snowdrops from 12 noon until 2.30pm, at The Garden House, Great Green, Thurston, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3SL, on Saturday 23rd January 2021.  This lovely celebration of snowdrops is held outdoors.  This event provides visitors with a chance to admire and buy rare snowdrop varieties direct from Harveys Garden Plants and a variety of nurseries.  Light refreshments will be available all day, in the cafe.  Entrance is £2.50 per person, £2 for RHS members; for all the details, please click here***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

Bruckhills Croft, Rothienorman, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB51 8YB, will be opening by prior arrangement from Saturday 23rd January 2021 to Thursday 11th March 2021, for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.  The gardens at Bruckhills Croft boast over 450 snowdrop cultivars, with a broad selection for sale.  Contact helenrushton1@aol.com to pre-book your visit.

***CANCELLED***On Sunday 24th January 2021Spring Platt, Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3BY, will be opening by prior arrangement for the NGS from 10am until 3pm.  Please note that this garden is only opening by prior arrangement – you’ll need to pre-book your place to be able to visit this garden.  Spring Platt is a one acre garden that boasts a collection of over 400 different snowdrop varieties, will be opening for the NGS, for all the details – including information for disabled visitors, please click here***CANCELLED***

***CANCELLED***At Welford Park, Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU, you can visit Welford’s picturesque beech woods, which are underplanted with carpets of Galanthus nivalis.  Rarer snowdrop varieties can be found in the formal gardens.  The gardens at Welford Park are opening for the snowdrop season from Wednesday 27th January 2021 to the 7th March 2021.  During this time, the gardens will be opening from 11am until 4pm, from Wednesday to Sunday.  Please note – 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, if you’re interested, you’ll find all the details here***CANCELLED***
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Saturday 30th January 2021 and Sunday 31st January 2021 – Snowdrop Weekends at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD, from 10am until 4pm.  Visitors can celebrate the glory of snowdrops in the gardens and along by the moat in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace.  For all the details, including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

***CANCELLED***On Sunday 31st January 2021Spring Platt, Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3BY, will be opening by prior arrangement for the NGS from 10am until 3pm.  Please note that this garden is only opening by prior arrangement – you’ll need to pre-book your place to be able to visit this garden.  Spring Platt is a one acre garden that boasts a collection of over 400 different snowdrop varieties, will be opening for the NGS, for all the details – including information for disabled visitors, please click here***CANCELLED***

Snowdrop gardens open daily or weekly during January 2021

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD.  Winkworth Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit, visitors can admire displays of Galanthus nivalis planted near the tearoom.  Snowdrops can also be spotted on the Upper Arboretum and along the Spring Walk.  Winkworth Arboretum is situated on a steep site, with uneven, rough ground, which is exacerbated due to the many tree roots, so it’s not easy for disabled visitors, but this is a beautiful location, which makes for a lovely walk.  The arboretum is a good place to spot wildlife, there’s a lake and a great many fantastic trees. If you want to visit Winkworth Arboretum, please pre-book your visit.
Information for disabled visitors to Winkworth Arboretum can be found by clicking here.

Snowdrop Events held in February 2021

Snowdrop events and garden openings calendar February 2021

Bruckhills Croft, Rothienorman, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB51 8YB, will be opening by prior arrangement from Saturday 23rd January 2021 to Thursday 11th March 2021, for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.  The gardens at Bruckhills Croft boast over 450 snowdrop cultivars, with a broad selection for sale.  Contact helenrushton1@aol.com to pre-book your visit.

In February 2021Pembury House Garden, Ditchling Road (New Road) in Clayton, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9PH, will be open for the NGS to groups and individuals who book in advance – opening times are mornings, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, or afternoons, from 2pm until 4pm.  For all the details and to see the dates available, please click here.

Monday 1st February 2021Cotswold Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7JS (5 Miles NW of Cirencester on the A417), will be opening their gardens from 11am until 3pm.  Please note that to visit this garden you will need to pre-book your place.  Entrance is £7.50 for adults, with free entry for children; tickets can be pre-booked, by telephone: 01285-821837.  Cotswold Farm will be offering visitors refreshments of soup & roll, tea, coffee, & cakes.  Cotswold Farm is a beautiful Arts & Crafts Cotswold garden in a stunning location, overlooking a quiet valley on descending levels with terrace designed by Norman Jewson in the 1930s.  This garden boasts an established snowdrop collection, with over 80 varieties, both named and naturalised, growing in the borders and along the woodland paths.  A winter step garden with scents and textures leads down to the magical bog garden with streams and waterfalls.  Snowdrops will be for sale at this garden opening.

On Wednesday 3rd February 2021Spring Platt, Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3BY, will be opening by prior arrangement for the NGS from 10am until 3pm.  Please note that this garden is only opening by prior arrangement – you’ll need to pre-book your place to be able to visit this garden.  Spring Platt is a one acre garden that boasts a collection of over 400 different snowdrop varieties, will be opening for the NGS, for all the details – including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

***CANCELLED***Thenford Gardens and Arboretum, in Northamptonshire, OX17 2BX, are opening from 1pm until 4pm, for a special Snowdrop Day on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.  Tickets are £16 per person and must be booked in advance, for all the details, please click here***CANCELLED***

***CANCELLED***At Welford Park, Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU, you can visit Welford’s picturesque beech woods, which are underplanted with carpets of Galanthus nivalis.  Rarer snowdrop varieties can be found in the formal gardens.  The gardens at Welford Park are opening for the snowdrop season from Wednesday 27th January 2021 to the 7th March 2021.  During this time, the gardens will be opening from 11am until 4pm, from Wednesday to Sunday.  Please note – 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, if you’re interested, you’ll find all the details here.  ***CANCELLED***
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Colesbourne Park, Colesbourne, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP, have over ten acres of private gardens, where they grow over three hundred snowdrop varieties.  Colesbourne Park will be opening their Snowdrop Gardens from 1pm until 4.30pm, on Friday 5th February 2021 to Sunday 7th February 2021, again from Thursday 11th February 2021 to Sunday 14th February 2021, and again from Thursday 18th February 2021 to Sunday 21st February 2021 inclusive.  Prior booking is required for Colesbourne Park’s snowdrop tours, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Saturday 6th February 2021 –***CANCELLED*** Avon Bulbs Sale at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7LQ.  This sale opens from 11am until 4pm.   Visitors can see swathes of snowdrops at the Garden House, including over 100 named snowdrop varieties.  For all the details, please click here.  ***CANCELLED***
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Saturday 6th February 2021, Monday 8th February 2021, Thursday 11th February 2021, Monday 15th February 2021, Tuesday 16th February 2021, and Wednesday 17th February 2021, 5 Whitemans Close, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5DE, will be opening by appointment from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Shirley Carman-Martin is opening her small garden by appointment, for the National Garden Scheme.  Visitors can admire 150 different varieties of snowdrops that have been lovingly grown in this small, sheltered garden.  Winter flowering shrubs, including Daphne bholua, compliment the garden’s snowdrops.  Entry is £7.50 (free for children) and includes home-made teas.  Snowdrops are offered for sale.  If you’d like to visit this garden, please email shirleycarmanmartin@gmail.com or telephone 01444 473520 to book your place. NB. 5 Whitemans Close is 1m N of Cuckfield, on the B2036 signed Balcombe.  Whitemans Close is 250yds from roundabout on the left-hand side.  Please park on the road, as there’s no parking in Whitemans Close.  Buses stop at Whitemans Green, where there is also a large free car park.

***CANCELLED***Thenford Gardens and Arboretum, in Northamptonshire, OX17 2BX, are opening from 1pm until 4pm, for a special Snowdrop Day on Saturday 6th February 2021.  Tickets are £16 per person and must be booked in advance, for all the details, please click here.  ***CANCELLED***

Saturday 6th February 2021 and Sunday 7th February 2021 – Snowdrop Weekends at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD, from 10am until 4pm.  Visitors can celebrate the glory of snowdrops in the gardens and along by the moat in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace.  For all the details, including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

***CANCELLED*** Knowle Hill Farm, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1ES, will be opening on Saturday 6th February 2021 and Sunday 7th February 2021, and Monday 8th February 2021, from 11am until 3pm, for the NGS.  This two acre garden, which is situated on the south facing slopes of the North Downs, has been in creation for the past thirty years.  Visitors can admire the gardens’ snowdrops, which include 100 named varieties, a spreading carpet of Galanthus nivalis, and self sown Galanthus elwesii and Galanthus plicatus, amongst hellebores, and topiary.  Hot drinks and sausage rolls available to visitors on these special open days!  Please pre-book your place, if you want to visit this lovely garden, see Knowle Hill Farm’s website for contact details.  ***CANCELLED***

On Sunday 7th February 2021, Snowdrop Festival at Goldsborough Hall, Goldsborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8NR.  This event opens from 10am until 4pm.  Entry: adults £5, with free entry for children.  Refreshments will be available.  For all the details, please click here.

Monday 8th February 2021Cotswold Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7JS (5 Miles NW of Cirencester on the A417), will be opening their gardens from 11am until 3pm.  Please note that to visit this garden you will need to pre-book your place.  Entrance is £7.50 for adults, with free entry for children; tickets can be pre-booked, by telephone: 01285-821837.  Cotswold Farm will be offering visitors refreshments of soup & roll, tea, coffee, & cakes.  Cotswold Farm is a beautiful Arts & Crafts Cotswold garden in a stunning location, overlooking a quiet valley on descending levels with terrace designed by Norman Jewson in the 1930s.  This garden boasts an established snowdrop collection, with over 80 varieties, both named and naturalised, growing in the borders and along the woodland paths.  A winter step garden with scents and textures leads down to the magical bog garden with streams and waterfalls.  Snowdrops will be for sale at this garden opening.

On Monday 8th February 2021, Thursday 11th February 2021, Monday 15th February 2021, Tuesday 16th February 2021, and Wednesday 17th February 2021, 5 Whitemans Close, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5DE will be opening by appointment from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Shirley Carman-Martin is opening her small garden by appointment, for the National Garden Scheme.  Visitors can admire 150 different varieties of snowdrops that have been lovingly grown in this small, sheltered garden.  Winter flowering shrubs, including Daphne bholua compliment the garden’s snowdrops.  Entry is £7.50 (free for children) and includes home-made teas.  Snowdrops are offered for sale.  If you’d like to visit this garden, please email shirleycarmanmartin@gmail.com or telephone 01444 473520 to book your place. NB. 5 Whitemans Close is 1m N of Cuckfield, on the B2036 signed Balcombe.  Whitemans Close is 250yds from roundabout on the left-hand side.  Please park on the road, as there’s no parking in Whitemans Close.  Buses stop at Whitemans Green, where there is also a large free car park.

On Tuesday 9th February 2021Spring Platt, Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3BY, will be opening by prior arrangement for the NGS from 10am until 3pm.  Please note that this garden is only opening by prior arrangement – you’ll need to pre-book your place to be able to visit this garden.  Spring Platt is a one acre garden that boasts a collection of over 400 different snowdrop varieties, will be opening for the NGS, for all the details – including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG.  From Wednesday 10th February 2021, Hever Castle are holding a special Snowdrop Walk, please check Hever’s website for more details.  This event is the perfect opportunity to visit the gardens at Hever, where more than 80,000 snowdrops have been planted in recent years.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Colesbourne Park, Colesbourne, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP, have over ten acres of private gardens, where they grow over three hundred snowdrop varieties.  Colesbourne Park will be opening their Snowdrop Gardens from 1pm until 4.30pm, on Thursday 11th February 2021 to Sunday 14th February 2021, and again from Thursday 18th February 2021 to Sunday 21st February 2021 inclusive.  Prior booking is required for Colesbourne Park’s snowdrop tours, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Thursday 11th February 2021, Monday 15th February 2021, Tuesday 16th February 2021, and Wednesday 17th February 2021, 5 Whitemans Close, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5DE will be opening by appointment from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Shirley Carman-Martin is opening her small garden by appointment, for the National Garden Scheme.  Visitors can admire 150 different varieties of snowdrops that have been lovingly grown in this small, sheltered garden.  Winter flowering shrubs, including Daphne bholua compliment the garden’s snowdrops.  Entry is £7.50 (free for children) and includes home-made teas.  Snowdrops are offered for sale.  If you’d like to visit this garden, please email shirleycarmanmartin@gmail.com or telephone 01444 473520 to book your place. NB. 5 Whitemans Close is 1m N of Cuckfield, on the B2036 signed Balcombe.  Whitemans Close is 250yds from roundabout on the left-hand side.  Please park on the road, as there’s no parking in Whitemans Close.  Buses stop at Whitemans Green, where there is also a large free car park.

Saturday 13th February 2021Plant Heritage Zoom talk – Wim Boens will be giving a virtual talk entitled, Snowdrop Companions.  This talk starts at 2.30pm.  Tickets are £4; for all the details, please click here.

Saturday 13th February 2021 and Sunday 14th February 2021 – Snowdrop Weekends at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD, from 10am until 4pm.  Visitors can celebrate the glory of snowdrops in the gardens and along by the moat in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace.  For all the details, including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

***CANCELLED***Saturday 13th February 2021 and Sunday 14th February 2021Cotswold Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7JS (5 Miles NW of Cirencester on the A417), will be opening for the National Gardens Scheme and A Rocha, from 11am until 3pm.  Please note that to visit this garden you will need to pre-book your place.  Entrance is £7.50 for adults, with free entry for children; tickets can be pre-booked, by clicking here.  Cotswold Farm will be offering visitors refreshments of soup & roll, tea, coffee, & cakes.  For more information, telephone: 01285-821837.  Cotswold Farm is a beautiful Arts & Crafts Cotswold garden in a stunning location, overlooking a quiet valley on descending levels with terrace designed by Norman Jewson in the 1930s.  This garden boasts an established snowdrop collection, with over 80 varieties, both named and naturalised, growing in the borders and along the woodland paths.  A winter step garden with scents and textures leads down to the magical bog garden with streams and waterfalls.  Snowdrops will be for sale at this garden opening.  ***CANCELLED***

On Saturday 13th February 2021, Snowdrop Expert, Val Bourne is giving a Snowdrop Walk and Talk, at Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Sunday 14th February 2021Weeping Ash Garden, Bents Garden & Home, Warrington Road, Glazebury, Cheshire, WA3 5NS, is opening for the NGS from 11am until 3pm.  Please pre-book your place to visit this garden; for all the details, please click here.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Silver Street, East Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5HH.  East Lambrook Manor Gardens annual NGS Snowdrop Open Day will be held from 10am until 5pm, on Sunday 14th February 2021.  If the pandemic permits, there will be snowdrop tours with East Lambrook Manor’s owner or their Head Gardener, but visitors are advised to check East Lambrook Manor’s website for the latest information, where visitors can book their visit online and find details of the snowdrops that are for sale.  Garden entry is £6.00, with discounted entry for over 65s at £5.50, under 16s enter for free.  Any questions or queries, email enquiries@eastlambrook.com.

Monday 15th February 2021Cotswold Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7JS (5 Miles NW of Cirencester on the A417), will be opening their gardens from 11am until 3pm.  Please note that to visit this garden you will need to pre-book your place.  Entrance is £7.50 for adults, with free entry for children; tickets can be pre-booked, by telephone: 01285-821837.  Cotswold Farm will be offering visitors refreshments of soup & roll, tea, coffee, & cakes.  Cotswold Farm is a beautiful Arts & Crafts Cotswold garden in a stunning location, overlooking a quiet valley on descending levels with terrace designed by Norman Jewson in the 1930s.  This garden boasts an established snowdrop collection, with over 80 varieties, both named and naturalised, growing in the borders and along the woodland paths.  A winter step garden with scents and textures leads down to the magical bog garden with streams and waterfalls.  Snowdrops will be for sale at this garden opening.

On Monday 15th February 2021, Snowdrop Festival at Goldsborough Hall, Goldsborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8NR.  This event opens from 10am until 4pm.  Entry: adults £5, with free entry for children.  Refreshments will be available.  For all the details, please click here.

On Monday 15th February 2021, Tuesday 16th February 2021, and Wednesday 17th February 2021, 5 Whitemans Close, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5DE will be opening by appointment from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Shirley Carman-Martin is opening her small garden by appointment, for the National Garden Scheme.  Visitors can admire 150 different varieties of snowdrops that have been lovingly grown in this small, sheltered garden.  Winter flowering shrubs, including Daphne bholua compliment the garden’s snowdrops.  Entry is £7.50 (free for children) and includes home-made teas.  Snowdrops are offered for sale.  If you’d like to visit this garden, please email shirleycarmanmartin@gmail.com or telephone 01444 473520 to book your place. NB. 5 Whitemans Close is 1m N of Cuckfield, on the B2036 signed Balcombe.  Whitemans Close is 250yds from roundabout on the left-hand side.  Please park on the road, as there’s no parking in Whitemans Close.  Buses stop at Whitemans Green, where there is also a large free car park.

On Tuesday 16th February 2021, Snowdrop Festival at Goldsborough Hall, Goldsborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8NR.  This event opens from 10am until 4pm.  Entry: adults £5, with free entry for children.  Refreshments will be available.  For all the details, please click here.

Colesbourne Park, Colesbourne, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP, have over ten acres of private gardens, where they grow over three hundred snowdrop varieties.  Colesbourne Park will be opening their Snowdrop Gardens from 1pm until 4.30pm, on Thursday 18th February 2021 to Sunday 21st February 2021 inclusive.  Prior booking is required for Colesbourne Park’s snowdrop tours, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Friday 19th February 2021, Snowdrop Festival at Goldsborough Hall, Goldsborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8NR.  This event opens from 10am until 4pm.  Entry: adults £5, with free entry for children.  Refreshments will be available.  For all the details, please click here.

***CANCELLED***On Saturday 20th February 2021 – Elmworthy Cottage Nursery Sale at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7LQ.  This sale opens from 11am until 4pm.   Visitors can see swathes of snowdrops at the Garden House, including over 100 named snowdrop varieties.  For all the details, please click here.  ***CANCELLED***
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Saturday 20th February 2021 and Sunday 21st February 2021 – Snowdrop Weekends at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD, from 10am until 4pm.  Visitors can celebrate the glory of snowdrops in the gardens and along by the moat in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace.  For all the details, including information for disabled visitors, please click here.

***CANCELLED***Great Comp Gardens are usually closed during February, so this special day, The Snowdrop Sensation Plant Fair, held on Sunday 21st February 2021, (The Plant Fair is open from 10am until 2pm, but Great Comp Gardens are open until 4pm) provides a lovely opportunity to view Great Comp’s collection of snowdrops, hellebores, and other winter flowering plants and purchase some pretty snowdrops and early spring flowering plants.  For all the details, please click here.  **CANCELLED***
Information for disabled visitors to Great Comp Gardens can be found here.

On Sunday 21st February 2021, Snowdrop Festival at Goldsborough Hall, Goldsborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8NR.  This event opens from 10am until 4pm.  Entry: adults £5, with free entry for children.  Refreshments will be available.  For all the details, please click here.

Monday 22nd February 2021Cotswold Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7JS (5 Miles NW of Cirencester on the A417), will be opening their gardens from 11am until 3pm.  Please note that to visit this garden you will need to pre-book your place.  Entrance is £7.50 for adults, with free entry for children; tickets can be pre-booked, by telephone: 01285-821837.  Cotswold Farm will be offering visitors refreshments of soup & roll, tea, coffee, & cakes.  Cotswold Farm is a beautiful Arts & Crafts Cotswold garden in a stunning location, overlooking a quiet valley on descending levels with terrace designed by Norman Jewson in the 1930s.  This garden boasts an established snowdrop collection, with over 80 varieties, both named and naturalised, growing in the borders and along the woodland paths.  A winter step garden with scents and textures leads down to the magical bog garden with streams and waterfalls.  Snowdrops will be for sale at this garden opening.

On Saturday 27th February 2021, there’s a Beautiful Winter Snowdrops Guided Walk from 11am until 12 noon, at Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Clacton Road, Elmstead, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB.  The Director of the gardens is David Ward, David is a snowdrop enthusiast – he’ll be leading this walk.  For all the details and to book your place, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Sunday 28th February 2021, there’s a Snowdrop and Plant Fair at Kingston Bagpuize House, Abingdon, Oxford, OX13 5AX. This plant fair opens from 11am until 2pm (NB. The gardens are open until 4pm).  Visitors can purchase snowdrops, Hellebores, spring flowering bulbs, ferns, and other plants, from a variety of nurseries at this special snowdrop themed plant fair.  Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy the snowdrops in Kingston Bagpuize House’s gardens.  For more details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Kingston Bagpuize House can be found here.

Snowdrop gardens open daily or weekly during February 2021

East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Silver Street, East Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5HH.  East Lambrook Manor Gardens Snowdrop Festival opens on Tuesday the 2nd February 2021 and runs throughout February.  The gardens at East Lambrook Manor open from Tuesday to Sunday; their opening hours are from 10am until 5pm.  East Lambrook Manor gardens features swathes of snowdrops; as well as the usual carpets of snowdrops, visitors can admire over 150 different snowdrop varieties displayed in a raised snowdrop bed.  Sculptor, Chris Kampf will be exhibiting his popular steel snowdrops in the gardens and over 70 varieties of snowdrop will be on sale in the nursery.

If the pandemic permits, there will be snowdrop tours with East Lambrook Manor’s owner or Head Gardener, but visitors are advised to check East Lambrook Manor’s website for the latest information, where visitors can book their visit online and find details of the snowdrops that are for sale.  Garden entry is £6.00, with discounted entry for over 65s at £5.50, under 16s enter for free.  East Lambrook Manor’s annual NGS Snowdrop Open Day will be held on Sunday 14th February 2021 and RHS members have free entry on Wednesdays.  There’s also free entry, if you’re just visiting the nursery.  Any questions or queries, email enquiries@eastlambrook.com.

Every Thursday, from Thursday 11th February 2021, throughout February and March 2021, The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, RH20 4AS, will be opening by prior arrangement from 10.30am until 4pm.  Sir Peter & Lady Walters will be opening their three and a half acre gardens for the National Gardens Scheme.  The Old Vicarage’s gardens enjoy fine views, as well as collections of snowdrops and other bulbs.  Admission is £6 for adults, children receive free entry.  NB. No refreshments available.  Please contact Sir Peter and Lady Walters to pre-book your visit: telephone: 07766 761926, or email: meryl.walters@me.com.  The Old Vicarage is 2½m East of Storrington, 4m W of Steyning.  From Washington roundabout on the A24 take the A283 to Steyning.  500yds R to Washington.  Pass Frankland Arms, Right to St Mary’s Church.

Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU, are opening daily, from Saturday 6th February 2021, from 10am until 4pm.  Forde Abbey are holding Snowdrop Weekends every weekend in February 2021, but you can also visit the gardens during the week; to find out more details, please click here.

During February 2021 – Snowdrop Tours at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7LQ.  The Garden House opens from 11am until 4pm.   Visitors can see swathes of snowdrops, including over 100 named snowdrop varieties.  Snowdrop tours must be booked in advance, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

In winter, the gardens of Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucester Road, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 6TH, are carpeted with snowdrops.  You can find more information about Painswick Rococo Garden’s snowdrop collection, here; for all the details about this garden, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

The Winter Garden and Lime Walk boast the best displays of snowdrops at Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD.  The team at this National Trust garden planted an additional 4000 snowdrop bulbs last year to add to their impressive collection.  Please pre-book your place, if you would like to visit Polesden Lacey.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

At Welford Park, Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU, you can visit Welford’s picturesque beech woods, which are underplanted with carpets of Galanthus nivalis.  Rarer snowdrop varieties can be found in the formal gardens.  The gardens at Welford Park are opening for the snowdrop season from Wednesday 27th January 2021 to the 7th March 2021.  During this time, the gardens will be opening from 11am until 4pm, from Wednesday to Sunday.  Please note – 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, if you’re interested, you’ll find all the details here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD.  Winkworth Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit, visitors can admire displays of Galanthus nivalis planted near the tearoom.  Snowdrops can also be spotted on the Upper Arboretum and along the Spring Walk.  Winkworth Arboretum is situated on a steep site, with uneven, rough ground, which is exacerbated due to the many tree roots, so it’s not easy for disabled visitors, but this is a beautiful location, which makes for a lovely walk.  The arboretum is a good place to spot wildlife, there’s a lake and a great many fantastic trees.  Please pre-book your place, if you want to visit Winkworth Arboretum.
Information for disabled visitors to Winkworth Arboretum can be found by clicking here.

Snowdrop Events held in March 2021

Snowdrop events and garden openings calendar March 2021

Bruckhills Croft, Rothienorman, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB51 8YB, will be opening by prior arrangement from Saturday 23rd January 2021 to Thursday 11th March 2021, for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.  The gardens at Bruckhills Croft boast over 450 snowdrop cultivars, with a broad selection for sale.  Contact helenrushton1@aol.com to pre-book your visit.

In March 2021Pembury House Garden, Ditchling Road (New Road) in Clayton, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9PH, will be open for the NGS to groups and individuals who book in advance – opening times are mornings, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, or afternoons, from 2pm until 4pm.  For all the details and to see the dates available, please click here.

There’s a Plant and Gardening Fair at Forde Abbey Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU, on Sunday 7th March 2021, from 10am until 4pm, where you can purchase snowdrops and other spring flowering plants, and admire the display of snowdrops and crocus in the gardens at Forde Abbey.  Entrance to the Plant Fair and Gardens is £3, parking is free.  For all the details, please click here.

Snowdrop gardens open daily or weekly during March 2021

In winter, the gardens of Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucester Road, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 6TH, are carpeted with snowdrops.  You can find more information about Painswick Rococo Garden’s snowdrop collection, here; for all the details about this garden, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Every Thursday throughout 2021, The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, RH20 4AS, will be opening by prior arrangement from 10.30am until 4pm.  Sir Peter & Lady Walters will be opening their three and a half acre gardens for the National Gardens Scheme.  The Old Vicarage’s gardens enjoy fine views, as well as collections of snowdrops and other bulbs.  Admission is £6 for adults, children receive free entry.  NB. No refreshments available.  Please contact Sir Peter and Later Walters to pre-book your visit: telephone: 07766 761926, or email: meryl.walters@me.com.  The Old Vicarage is 2½m East of Storrington, 4m W of Steyning.  From Washington roundabout on the A24 take the A283 to Steyning.  500yds R to Washington.  Pass Frankland Arms, Right to St Mary’s Church.

The Winter Garden and Lime Walk boast the best displays of snowdrops at Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD.  The team at this National Trust garden planted an additional 4000 snowdrop bulbs last year to add to their impressive collection.  Please pre-book your place, if you would like to visit Polesden Lacey.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

At Welford Park, Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU, you can visit Welford’s picturesque beech woods, which are underplanted with carpets of Galanthus nivalis.  Rarer snowdrop varieties can be found in the formal gardens.  The gardens at Welford Park are opening for the snowdrop season from Wednesday 27th January 2021 to the 7th March 2021.  During this time, the gardens will be opening from 11am until 4pm, from Wednesday to Sunday.  Please note – 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, if you’re interested, you’ll find all the details here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD.  Winkworth Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit, visitors can admire displays of Galanthus nivalis planted near the tearoom.  Snowdrops can also be spotted on the Upper Arboretum and along the Spring Walk.  Winkworth Arboretum is situated on a steep site, with uneven, rough ground, which is exacerbated due to the many tree roots, so it’s not easy for disabled visitors, but this is a beautiful location, which makes for a lovely walk.  The arboretum is a good place to spot wildlife, there’s a lake and a great many fantastic trees.  Please pre-book your place, if you want to visit Winkworth Arboretum.
Information for disabled visitors to Winkworth Arboretum can be found by clicking here.

Snowdrop nurseries

You can find my list of reputable snowdrop growers and suppliers, here.

Gardening advice

For gardening advice for December, please click here.

For gardening advice for January, please click here.

For gardening advice for February, please click here.

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One thought on “A Calendar of Special Snowdrop Garden Openings, Talks, Events & Open Days for 2021

  1. Judy Popley

    December 12, 2020 at 3:20pm

    Thanks Beth – an awful lot of work involved in your listing. Really appreciate it.
    There is another delightful garden in Glos called Cotswold Farm. Much smaller than Colesbourne and lower key, but a delightful little garden to visit and an “intimate” tea room!
    I also enjoyed Rodmarton Hall & Gardens, (HHA property) with their own variety of snowdrop – Rodmarton!

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      Pumpkin Beth

      December 12, 2020 at 4:13pm

      Hello Judy,

      Thanks so much for your suggestions. I have sent Cotswold Farm a message to enquire about their plans for the 2021 season and I’ve also sent Rodmarton Hall & Gardens.

      I hope you have a lovely snowdrop season ahead.

      Best wishes, Beth

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