Snowdrop Week, 15th – 23rd February,
open daily from 11am – 4pm.
In 2001, as we began to clear the gardens of brash and brambles, we could see snowdrops hanging on in the undergrowth. The snowdrops gradually recovered, helped by the warmth and light of the sun. We have also encouraged them by dividing and top dressing the bulbs with a natural fertiliser. Now they spread across two large sloping banks alongside the river and release wafts of honey scented perfume on sunny days.
The snowdrop walk begins under the old gatehouse and the top half of the garden with its drifts of snowdrops, aconites and hellebores in the woodland walk.
Further along the winding path you arrive at the Cedar Meadow, the views across the valley and gardens are particularly good here. This meadow is specifically planted to be at its best during spring, whether you come for crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils or tulips.
The Meadow Retreat is perfectly situated in the Cedar Meadow and takes in the beautiful views. This luxurious rural ‘beach hut’ is available to hire for the day for up to 6 people. Bring along a picnic or treat yourself to lunch in the tearoom.
Descending to the lower gardens you will find massed drifts of snowdrops in a beautiful setting overlooking parkland and the river. We like to keep a natural look to the big drifts on the snowdrop banks and so have avoided filling them with other bulbs.
As you make your way back towards the tearoom, you pass small beds where we have added cyclamen, pulmonarias, aconites, crocuses, early daffodils and irises in carefully considered colourways. Rare and unusual snowdrops can be found near the tearoom in purpose built beds. Spring flowers vary their flowering times according to the light and weather but we have spent a lot of time creating planting schemes that show colour and beauty whatever the weather has planned for the year.
Snowdrop Week runs from 15th – 23rd February
Open daily from 11am until 4pm
Botanical Art Exhibition will be open in the Coach House each day
Assistance dogs only
We don’t recommend attempting the full snowdrop walk in a wheelchair or scooter, the slopes are just too steep. A better (but shorter) route is marked on our maps.
Handrails are available on the slopes if you are able to walk.