Specialist Snowdrop Nurseries & Other Places to Buy Snowdrop Bulbs & Snowdrops in the Green
I love snowdrops. If you wish to grow snowdrops in your garden, then I want to make your dreams come true and help you to find the best places to purchase these wonderful plants!
It’s important to buy quality snowdrops from reputable suppliers, firstly to ensure that you receive the snowdrop variety that you’ve purchased, and secondly to avoid purchasing bulbs that have been taken from the wild.
I recommend growing snowdrops in the soil or using peat-free growing media – none of us should be using peat – we should all be peat-free – growers and gardeners alike. Snowdrops thrive when grown in the soil or in peat-free compost. In my snowdrop directory, I have included information on which of these growers and suppliers sell snowdrop bulbs and plants that are raised in peat-free growing media and which are grown in peat. I want to encourage every gardener and grower to go peat-free – we can all protect our peatlands by going peat-free now – there’s no need to wait or delay! NB. A nursery or supplier may sell peat-free snowdrops but this isn’t a guarantee that any other plants they sell are also peat-free – please check that any plants you buy are peat-free before making a purchase.
NB: I have now updated this list to include snowdrop nurseries and suppliers outside of the UK. Please note that currently UK customers can only purchase plants from UK sellers, and customers from outside of the UK are unable to purchase plants from the UK.
Here’s a list of reputable snowdrop nurseries:
UK Snowdrop Nurseries and Suppliers
Avon Bulbs, Burnt House Farm, Mid Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5HE.
Telephone: 01460 242 177.
Avon Bulbs’ snowdrops are all grown peat-free.
Avon Bulbs is an award winning nursery that offers a huge range of beautiful snowdrops, including a selection of Collector’s Snowdrops, which were grown by the late Alan Street and are now grown by Alan’s team at Avon Bulbs. Avon Bulbs’ Snowdrops in the Green are lifted and offered for sale in growth – in the green. I spotted: Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’, Galanthus ‘Dragonfly’, and Galanthus ‘Boyd’s Double’, among the snowdrops available in Avon Bulbs’ online catalogue.
By the way, Avon Bulbs also stock mesh containers to use for planting in the soil – see 1L containers for snowdrops and 3.5L containers for snowdrops. Here’s a link to the full range of snowdrops offered by Avon Bulbs.
Beth Chatto Plants & Gardens
All of Beth Chatto Plants & Gardens’ snowdrops are grown peat-free.
The Beth Chatto Plants & Gardens Nursery sell snowdrops online. Here’s a link to Beth Chatto Plants & Gardens Snowdrop List, which includes: Galanthus ‘Washfield Colesbourne’, Galanthus ‘Magnet’, and Galanthus elwesii ‘Cedric’s Prolific’.
Broadleigh Gardens, Bishops Hull, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 1AE.
Telephone: 01823 286231.
Broadleigh Gardens do not use any peat. Their snowdrops are grown in the gardens and lifted prior to dispatch; any snowdrops that are lifted in bulk are healed into their own leaf mould.
Broadleigh Gardens are a super supplier of snowdrops. Broadleigh have many varieties of snowdrop for sale, including Galanthus nivalis, which is often referred to as the common snowdrop, and Galanthus athenae, an early flowering snowdrop, 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. The popular Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ is another beautiful and elegant snowdrop that’s also available from Broadleigh. Broadleigh Gardens offer a starter collection of easy snowdrops for potential Galanthophiles. Looking for something else? View Broadleigh Gardens’ full range of snowdrops here.
Bruckhills Croft Snowdrops
Helen Rushton and Bruckhills Croft Snowdrops are now peat-free.
Helen Rushton runs Bruckhills Croft Snowdrops from her beautiful Scottish garden. Customers can purchase around 450 different varieties of snowdrops from Bruckhills Croft. Depending on the time of year, snowdrops can be purchased online either as dormant bulbs or as snowdrops in the green. Snowdrop plants can also be purchased from one of Bruckhills Croft’s open days.
I spotted: Galanthus nivalis ‘Gloria’, Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’, Galanthus ‘Miss Willmott’, and Galanthus ‘Pride O’ the Mill’ in Bruckhills Croft’s online shop. Here’s a link to browse Bruckhills Croft Snowdrops full snowdrop range, on their website.
Cambo Gardens’ snowdrops are grown in the ground.
Every year, (from January until April) Cambo Gardens supply customers with standard snowdrops in the green, that are distributed from snowdrops grown in their woodlands on the Cambo Estate. In addition, a limited number of snowdrops from Lady Erkine’s snowdrop collection are also available, including Galanthus elwesii ‘Rosemary Burnham’ and Galanthus plicatus ‘Colossus’. For all the details and to view Cambo’s full snowdrop range, please click here.
Colesbourne Park grow all their snowdrops peat-free.
Colesbourne Park don’t offer a mail order service, but they do sell snowdrops to visitors who attend 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 Colesbourne Park are offering this year, please click here.
Crocus say that their snowdrop bulbs may have been grown in peat-free compost but most of their suppliers use peat.
Dryad Nursery, 130 Prince Rupert Drive, Tockwith, York, YO26 7PU.
Telephone: 01423 358791.
Anne Wright hopes to be peat-free by summer 2022. Currently, Anne Wright is still using peat-based compost.
Dryad Nursery is a small mail order nursery that’s run by Anne Wright, in Tockwith, North Yorkshire. Anne grows great quality snowdrops which she has propagated herself at her nursery; including Dryad Nursery’s own home-grown cultivars, as well as other lovely and rare snowdrops. Dryad Nursery now only sell dormant bulbs in summer. Availability can vary, but in 2023 Dryad Nursery’s dormant snowdrop bulbs are available in July. To find out all the details about Dryad Nursery’s snowdrop range, please click here to visit their website.
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
All of East Lambrook Manor Gardens snowdrops are raised in peat-free compost – East Lambrook Manor Gardens’ snowdrops have been raised completely peat-free for years.
NB: East Lambrook Manor Gardens snowdrops are only available to purchase in person from their nursery – they don’t sell plants online or via mail order. The nursery can be visited without paying an admission charge.
East Lambrook Manor Gardens will be opening from 10am until 5pm for their Festival of Snowdrops, opening from Tuesday to Sunday every week, during February 2023. East Lambrook Manor Gardens Festival of Snowdrops opens on Wednesday 1st February 2023. Visitors can enjoy admiring over 150 types of snowdrop in East Lambrook Manor Gardens. During their visit, visitors also have the opportunity to purchase snowdrop plants, with the choice of around 80 snowdrop types available from East Lambrook Manor Gardens’ nursery.
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 snowdrops that are for sale.
All of Edulis Nursery’s mail order snowdrops are grown in the open ground, in peat-free conditions. However, their container-grown plants that are sold at plant fairs are grown in containers using a peat-based compost.
Edulis is run by Paul Barney. This nursery stocks 350 different snowdrop varieties, including: Galanthus elwesii ‘Wessex Titan’ and many other super snowdrops. Here’s a link to Edulis’ full snowdrop range.
Elworthy Cottage Plants
Elworthy Cottage Plants, Elworthy near Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3PX.
Elworthy Cottage Plants’ snowdrops are all grown in peat-free compost.
Jenny Spiller runs Elworthy Cottage Plants, a small specialist nursery in Somerset. Elworthy Cottage Plants’ Snowdrop List is usually released in late December each year.
Foxgrove Plants, Enborne, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6RE.
Foxgrove Plants’ snowdrops are all peat-free – they’re grown in the ground.
Louise and Robert Peters run Foxgrove Plants, in Berkshire. This family run nursery are slowing down but will probably list a selection of snowdrops for online sales. In addition, if customers wish to inquire about purchasing snowdrops, including rare, not quite so rare, or more common snowdrops then please contact Louise.
galanthus.co.uk were peat-free snowdrop growers.
Galanthus.co.uk used to offer a large range of beautiful snowdrops, including Galanthus ‘Bill Bishop’, Galanthus ‘Armine’, and Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Boyd’s Double’; Rod has retired now, but he has kept his website running to provide a source of information for snowdrop growers. View Galanthus.co.uk’s snowdrop info here.
Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Priory Lane, Freefolk, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7FA.
Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants are peat-free growers, as well as snowdrops they grow and sell peat-free perennials, ferns, Hostas, grasses, shrubs.
See Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants’ snowdrops, by clicking here.
Harveys Garden Plants
Harveys Garden Plants usually use peat-free compost. In 2021, Roger bought some peat- based compost, as their usual peat-free compost was unavailable at the time.
Harveys Garden Plants offer snowdrops for sale, including Galanthus species and hybrids. I spotted Galanthus plicatus ‘Sarah Dumont’, Galanthus ‘Cinderine’, Galanthus ‘Hoverfly’, Galanthus ‘White Perfection’, and Galanthus elwesii ‘Rosemary Burnham’ among their snowdrop offerings. You can view the full range of snowdrops offered by Harveys Garden Plants, here.
Ian Christie grows all of his snowdrops in peat-free growing media.
Ian Christie is based in Scotland. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roger grows all of his potted snowdrops in peat-free compost.
Ivycroft Plants is run by Roger Norman, who produces a Snowdrop List each year. Here’s a link to Ivycroft Plants’ 2024 Snowdrop List, which features some lovely snowdrops.
Jacques Amand International
All of Jacques Amand International’s bulbs are grown peat-free.
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 Jacques Amand International offer, please click here.
All of Lou Nicholls’ snowdrops are grown in peat-free growing media, following organic growing methods.
Lou Nicholls started selling snowdrops in winter 2023. Lou will be selling her snowdrops in-person at the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Fair on Saturday the 17th February 2024; most of Lou’s long-distance snowdrop sales are made on Ebay. Here’s a link to Lou Nicholls’ Ebay Store where you’ll find Lou’s snowdrops.
All of Morlas Plants’ snowdrops are grown peat-free.
Morlas Plants are a family run, mail order nursery, based in Oswestry, Shropshire. Morlas Plants stock a large range of snowdrops including: Galanthus ‘Bloomer’, and Galanthus ‘Heffalump’. You can view the full range of snowdrops available from Morlas Plants, here.
Matt Bishop Snowdrops
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 ‘Das Gelbe Vom El’, Galanthus elwesii ‘Godfrey Owen’, and Galanthus elwesii ‘Ice Bear’. Here’s a link to all of the snowdrops for sale in Matt Bishop’s online snowdrop store.
Michael uses a compost mix that includes a small amount of peat for his container grown snowdrops; his garden snowdrops are all grown peat-free.
Michael Myers is a snowdrop expert from North Yorkshire. Michael has been growing snowdrops for over 37 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’ current Snowdrop List, please email him: email@example.com
Joe Sharman grows his snowdrops in a peat-based compost.
Monksilver Nursery is run by Joe Sharman, who is also known as ‘Mr Snowdrop’. Each year, Joe publishes a Snowdrop List.
Norfolk snowdrops, Stackyard barn, Topcroft, Bungay, Norfolk, NR35 2BB.
All of the snowdrops Norfolk Snowdrops grow are raised in peat-free compost.
Drew Wiley has been collecting snowdrops for a number of years and has now started selling snowdrops.
North Green Snowdrops
North Green Snowdrops offer a range of snowdrops sold in the green, which are dispatched during March and April. To view their current catalogue, please click here.
Peter Nyssen told me that their snowdrops are grown on commercial farms where there could be trace element of peat naturally in the soil. This company send out dry bulbs in autumn. The snowdrops that Peter Nyssen sell ‘in the green’ are also dug from the soil and sold bare root.
Peter Nyssen sell snowdrops in the green.
Pottertons Nursery offer a number of snowdrops to customers, including: Galanthus plicatus ‘Augustus’, Galanthus woronowii, and Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’. You can view the full list of snowdrops offered by Pottertons Nursery, here.
Rainbow Farm Snowdrops
Rainbow Farm Snowdrops, Halesworth Road, Redisham, Beccles, Suffolk, NR 34 8NE.
Telephone: 01502 575404.
Michael and Anne Broadhurst now grow all of their snowdrops in peat-free compost; however, it’s possible that some of their older plants are potted into a mix that contains a tiny amount of peat.
Michael and Anne Broadhurst 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, via their nursery, Rainbow Farm Snowdrops. Plants may be collected by prior arrangement from Rainbow Farm and a few plants can be sold via mail order. A tour of the snowdrop collection at Rainbow Farm may be possible while you collect your purchases – weather and time permitting.
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 is often assumed. Snowdrops raised at Rainbow Farm are 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
Andrew estimated that there may be around 1% peat (from very old compost – from years ago – that they have recycled) in the growing media they use to grow snowdrops. No new peat composts will be purchased for the Thorp’s snowdrops.
Andrew and Anita Thorp used to run a small nursery together with over 1000 named snowdrop cultivars, including many new and interesting forms of snowdrop that are only available in small numbers. Andrew and Anita have retired; Andrew and Anita’s last snowdrop list was available in December 2021 and their last dormant snowdrop bulbs was available in summer 2022. Andrew and Anita’s snowdrop collection was taken over by Chris Wiley, who trades under the name Sustainable Plant Store.
Sustainable Plant Store
Sustainable Plants Store, Chris Wiley,
Chris Wiley assures me that he is a peat-free grower using no plastics or pesticides.
Chris Wiley purchased Anita and Andrew Thorp’s collection of snowdrops. To see Chris’s full range of snowdrops, please click here.
Triffids Nursery, Oakhill, Withy Lane, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5SE.
Telephone: 01749 840561. Mobile: 07779868133.
Jackie Williams grows her snowdrops in a peat-based compost.
Jackie Williams runs Triffids Nursery in Somerset. Jackie has been selling snowdrops for four years at snowdrop festivals and plant fairs but she also sells plants via mail order (with plant passports). Triffids Nursery stock over 100 snowdrop varieties; if you’d like to receive Triffids Nursery’s Snowdrop List, email Jackie – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triffids Nursery is usually closed to visitors; however, in snowdrop season, Triffids Nursery opens strictly by appointment for visitors during January and February.
Woodchippings grow all of their snowdrops peat-free.
Woodchippings is a small nursery, run by Richard Bashford and Valerie Bexley. Richard and Valerie sell their snowdrops online; they offer a small section of snowdrops sold in the green from late January, and a larger range of snowdrops sold as dormant bulbs, in summertime.
I spotted some lovely things, including: Galanthus nivalis ‘Yellow Angel’, Galanthus x valentinei ‘Chameleon’, and Galanthus plicatus ‘E. A. Bowles’, in Woodchippings online catalogue.
W & S Lockyer
W & S Lockyer are an independent family run nursery selling snowdrops for collectors. Dormant snowdrop bulbs are available from mid-July onwards; while potted snowdrops are available from December to February.
Please note that this nursery is not open to the public, but you can order W & S Lockyer’s bulbs and plants online. W & S Lockyer offer a variety of snowdrops, including: Galanthus ‘Primrose Warburg’ and Galanthus ‘Godfrey Owen’. To see W & S Lockyer’s full range of snowdrops, please click here.
A Calendar of Snowdrop Garden Openings & Snowdrop Events
To see a calendar of snowdrop garden openings & Snowdrop Events, please click here.
NB. I have now updated this list to include snowdrop nurseries and suppliers outside of the UK. Please note, that currently UK customers can only purchase plants from UK sellers, and customers from outside of the UK are unable to purchase plants from the UK.
US Snowdrop Nurseries
Carolyn’s Shade Gardens
Carolyn assures me that no peat is used in the growing of her snowdrops.
Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is run by Carolyn Walker, in Pennsylvania, USA. Carolyn releases a snowdrop catalogue every December and ships snowdrops all over the US. Here is a link to Carolyn’s Shade Gardens’ latest catalogue. Included in their catalogue are American snowdrops ‘Potter’s Prelude’ and ‘Standing Tall’, which Carolyn’s Shade Gardens introduced to the trade, and ‘Xmas’, which they selected and introduced. Customers can also purchase hard-to-find snowdrops (in the US anyway) like ‘Sarah Dumont’, ‘Three Ships’, and ‘Trumps’, which Carolyn’s Shade Gardens import with all the proper documentation from England.
Belgian Snowdrop Nurseries
Coolplants grow their snowdrops in garden soil. However, Coolplants’ potted plants (sold at plant markets) have a small amount of peat in their substrate. Coolplants’ used potting soil with peat, bark, sand, and grit is reused after steaming. This nursery produce their own leafmold on a semi-professional scale.
German Snowdrop Nurseries
Galanthus are potted in pure steamed compost by Staudengärtnerei Jentsch. No peat is used.
Dutch Snowdrop Nurseries
Dineke Logtenberg raises all their snowdrops in the soil in a private garden, without the use of any pesticides. Horse manure is the only fertiliser used. Sadly, Dineke Logtenberg still uses peat in the potting mix for all their potted snowdrops.
A Calendar of Snowdrop Garden Openings & Snowdrop Events
To see a calendar of snowdrop garden openings & Snowdrop Events, please click here.
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To see a calendar of daffodil garden openings, please click here.
To see a calendar of zoom talks and online events, please click here.
For gardening advice for January, please click here.
For gardening advice for February, please click here.
For gardening advice for March, please click here.