Since 2011 our dedicated team of gardeners has planted 50,000 snowdrops throughout the grounds, and this year alone are planting a further 15,000. 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.
Visit Hever Castle when we re-open on Saturday 14th February and 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.
To see what else is happening at Hever Castle, visit our What’s On section.
Our Head Gardener, Neil Miller, has put together a host of snowdrops facts – you can find more on the back of your Snowdrop Walk map when you visit, or search #SnowdropsFact on Twitter.
- The botanical name for the Snowdrop is Galanthus and comes from the Greek ‘Gala’ meaning milk and ‘Anthos’ meaning flower.
- The Snowdrop is a member of the daffodil family.
- Snowdrops contain their own anti-freeze and were harvested during the First World War to make anti-freeze for tanks.
- On a sunny day, Snowdrops are highly scented and give off a honey-like aroma.
- Snowdrops are poisonous if eaten.
- There is an active ingredient in the snowdrop bulbs called Galantamine, which is used in the treatment of early Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.