Around 80,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Gardens over the past few years including a mix of single and double snowdrops, interspersed with some unusual varieties such as the yellow tipped ‘Wendy’s Gold’, a giant galanthus called ‘Colossus’ which at 9 inches is one of the tallest snowdrops you can find and Galanthus ‘Green Brush’ with its unusual green tipped flowers.
Every year the Snowdrop Walk creates a gorgeous carpet of white with these tell-tale signs of spring, and serves to lift the spirits of visitors throughout February and much of March.
Enjoy a romantic stroll amidst the snowdrops with your Valentine, or bring the kids and have a competition to see who can spot the most! Pick up a map from the Information Centre showing the best places to go.
The ground could be boggy in places, so we recommend that you wear suitable footwear such as Wellington boots.
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Our Head Gardener, Neil Miller, has put together a host of snowdrops facts:
- The botanical name for the Snowdrop is Galanthus and comes from the Greek ‘Gala’ meaning milk and ‘Anthos’ meaning flower.
- They are a member of the daffodil family.
- They contain their own anti-freeze and were harvested during the First World War to make anti-freeze for tanks.
- On a sunny day, they are highly scented and give off a honey-like aroma.
- They are poisonous if eaten.
- There is an active ingredient in the bulbs called Galantamine, which is used in the treatment of early Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.