Snowdrop Spectaculars

Snowdrops are like little white warriors
They just march up front fearlessly
straight through the snow
To see the sun
once more

Snowdrop Spectaculars

They're making an appearance near us now, but be quick!

Here are some of the loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops within a 50 mile radius of the Sitting Spiritually Garden, so why not catch these beauties whilst you can and include a visit to us at the same time to try our range of Swing Seats and the opulent Swinging Day Bed that are on show in the garden now.

Here's our hotlist:

Snowdrop weekends, Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells, Somerset

43 miles/1hr 20 mins mins from Sitting Spiritually

View the snowdrops at the medieval Bishop’s Palace: around the banks of the moat, across the Willow Bridge and into the Arboretum for some special varieties. Kids’ trail and activities, crafts for sale. Weekends to Sat 27 Feb, 10am–4pm.

Minterne Gardens, Minterne Magna, Dorchester

30 miles/55 mins from Sitting Spiritually

Landscaped in the style of Capability Brown,  the mile-long trail around their Himalayan gardens takes in small lakes, waterfalls, streams and at this time of year, an abundance of snowdrops. Re-fuel in the tea room. Open every day from Tues 1 Feb, from 10am–6pm.

National Trust Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

48 miles/1hr 15mins from Sitting Spiritually

Six million snowdrops – and 40 different species – in bloom amongst the tree ferns in the Victorian Fernery, along Lime Avenue and Lady’s Walk and in between the Japanese garden’s bamboo in the grounds of this flamboyant historic house now owned by the National Trust. 
The gardens are open daily from 9.30am–4pm

East Lambrook Manor Gardens, near South Petherton, Somerset

21 miles/40 minutes from Sitting Spiritually

Throughout February the cottage garden has a Festival of Snowdrops, revealing an extensive collection of 150 named varieties, including galanthus ‘Margery fish’ and G. ‘Walter fish’. As well as The Ditch display, many snowdrops are in special raised beds, so people can get a closer look at the different shapes and colours. There are snowdrop tours for small groups and around 90 varieties will be on sale in the nursery. Open Tues 1 to Sun 27 February, 10am-5pm.

Elworthy Cottage

37 miles/1hr 5 mins mins from Sitting Spiritually

Mike and Jenny Spiller were inspired to start gathering snowdrops for their garden after a visit to a nursery in Kent in the 1980s.They now have a large collection growing at Elworthy Cottage, their garden and nursery at the foot of the Brendon Hills in Somerset

Snowdrop weekends at Forde Abbey, nr Chard, Somerset/Dorset

9 miles/ 20 mins from Sitting Spiritually

Thirty acres of award-winning gardens in a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, now a private home, resplendent with snowdrops plus camellias, hellebores, crocus and spring bulbs. Mostly the common snowdrop but more unusual varieties hidden here and there. Gift and coffee shops. Open weekends throughout February, 10.30am–4pm but check their website beforehand.  Whilst there look out for the three swings seats we have there.

Posted by Siobhan on February 7th 2022

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