Visit Britain's top snowdrop gardens

It’s approaching the right time of year for the fabulous displays of snowdrops in the UK. Indeed, some snowdrops have already opened up their pretty white blooms in warmer areas. Many gardens and tourist attractions open especially for this annual spectacular – and a host of festivals are about to take place. There are some 20 species of Snowdrops, which combine to create the stunning displays of white flower blankets. As their name suggests, snowdrops may not even wait for the snow to melt before emerging from their winter sleep, instead pushing right up through the snow to offer a delightful sight. You can see snowdrops in a wealth of different places, including wild spots, such as local woodlands, or at more cultivated garden attractions. Top places to see snowdrops - please click through to their websites to check visiting dates and times for snowdrops.   England Bucklow Farm, Cheshire and Wirral You’ll discover a carpet of snowdrops at this lovely country garden. Gable House, Suffolk You’ll discover a vast collection of snowdrops, cyclamen and hellebores when the gardens open this February. Lawsbrook, Dorset Walk on paths that wander through swathes of snowdrops. Children and dogs are welcomed. Magnolia House, Buckinghamshire Feast your eyes on 10,000 snowdrops at this fabulous house and gardens. Oak Cottage, Berkshire A beautiful woodland with mature trees underplanted with snowdrops and other spring flowering bulbs.   Wales 11 Arno Road, Glamorgan A plant lover's small garden provides the perfect setting for winter flowering shrubs, snowdrops and hellebores. Glog Ddu, North East Wales The result of three generations of gardening enthusiasm, this garden is inspired by an Edwardian plantsman with a fascinating history. There are also around two acres of gardens boasting snowdrops, rhododendrons, rare trees and shrubs. Llyn Rhaeadr, Gwynedd The hillside garden blends natural wildlife areas with garden plants, shrubs, vegetables and fruit. Head hear for  lovely displays of snowdrops, too. Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd The large grounds include a Victorian walled garden and snowdrop walks.   Scotland Bruckhills Croft, Aberdeenshire A traditional croft-house is surrounded by a beautiful informal country cottage garden with numerous flower borders. Bruckhills holds a collection of many different types of snowdrops arranged in small groups throughout the garden.   Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway Located on an isthmus surrounded by two large natural lochs, these famous gardens extend to 75 acres of landscaped terraces and avenues. The snowdrop walks are legendary.   Craichlaw House, Dumfries and Galloway Within glorious surroundings, Craichlaw includes a formal garden with herbaceous borders around the historic house. Extensive grounds include lawns, lochs and woodland, with many thousands of snowdrops.   Dunninald Gardens, Aberdeenshire You’ll find wonderful carpets of snowdrops in the woods and wild garden at Dunninald.   Finlaystone Country Estate, Renfrewshire Head to Finlaystone for snowdrifts of snowdrops with flowing burns and cascading waterfalls.  Follow the self-led snowdrop stroll.   Islay Estate, Islay The Bridgend Woodlands are famous for their beautiful displays of wildflowers, with thousands of snowdrops in the winter, then daffodils and finally bluebells into the spring.   Rossie House, Perthshire Rossie House is set in secluded parkland on the edge of the small village of Forgandenny. Experience this woodland garden with massive wellingtonias, red squirrels, snowdrops and snowflakes, erythronium, trillium and early primulas.   For more places to see Snowdrops check out NGS.org.uk and  www.visitscotland.com http://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk/snowdrops.htm

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