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Snowdrops everywhere!

They're coming out! The loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond over the next few weeks.

snowdrops field

Shorts and sandals at the ready, spring is here. Er, okay maybe not, but the snowdrops are! If you’ve thawed out enough to venture outside and see them, here are the best snowdrop hotspots in our ‘hood and beyond. If you know a secret spot, please let us know in the comments below.

 

Buckinghamshire 

snowdrops grass

 

Hughenden Manor , Bucks 

You’ll get more than just snowdrops over at Hughenden, two miles north of High Wycombe. By early spring the huge 680 acres is carpeted in all sorts of seasonal foliage; scilla siberica, daphne mezereum and bergenia cordifolia, adding bright pinks and purples to the grounds *gets camera ready*.

 

Stowe Gardens , Bucks 

And there we were thinking Stowe gardens couldn’t get any more picturesque. Stowe loves its snowdrops, or should I say Stowedrops (their pun, not mine!), with the vast landscape gardens usually carpeted until the end of Feb. Hit up the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden to see the best of them.

 

Waddesdon Manor, Bucks

Waddesdon’s gorgeous gardens are the jewel of the National Trust and look amazing all year round, but I especially love snowdrop season here – my favourite spot to see them is the knoll just around from the Aviary. The same ground is smothered in daffodils come March so make the most of the white stuff while it lasts.

 

Cliveden , Bucks 

Cliveden’s snowdrop scene had an upgrade back in 2017 when former head gardener and Amersham based charity TalkBack planted over 36,000 seeds on the grounds. Head to the Long Garden and Blenheim Pavilion for the best carpet of white.

 

Oxfordshire

snowdrops close up

Waterperry Gardens , Oxon

It’s snowdrops in abundance over at Waterperry Gardens with over 60 varieties of the white bloomer springing up across the site’s eight acres. A half hour drive east of central Oxford, the gardens are running a snowdrop weekend (22 – 23 Feb) with guided tours of the grounds included in entry price (Adults £8.50, children aged 16 and under free).

 

Kingston Bagpuize House, nr Abingdon 

This impressive country gaff in the Vale of White Horse was used as a filming location for Downton Abbey so has beautiful British gardens nailed. Snowdrops pop up across the formal gardens, terrace walk, woodland garden and surrounding parks, plus there’s a snowdrop and plant fair coming up on 23 Feb.

 

Swyncombe Downs, Oxon

A lesser known hotspot, in south Oxfordshire, snowdrops and bright yellow aconites usually spring up around St. Botolph church’s 1000 year old grounds in Feb and early Mar. If you fancy a walk, you can head on to the ridgeway and across Swyncombe Estate.

 

Worcester College, University of Oxford 

It’s unusual to get such an impressive display of snowdrops in a city centre, which is why Worcester College is such a gem. The flowers have been growing here for hundreds of years with Worcester’s records revealing that six bunches wee bought for 1 shilling and sixpence back in 1863 (spoiler: there are a lot more than that now).

 

Thenford Arboretum, nr Banbury

This privately owned arboretum is home to over 5000 trees and shrubs including an impressive display of snowdrops weaved amongst the sculpture gardens, water gardens and medieval fish ponds. The gardens are only open to the public for a few dates each year with snowdrop season prime time to have a wander around for a few hours. Open days are on 5 & 15 Feb (tickets £12).

 

Have a camera, will travel?

snowdrops wood

Basildon Park, Berks

A great spot if you fancy a stroll with your annual snowdrops. Basildon, on the Berks border, has loads of different routes around its 400 acre parkland and gardens including the green walk through the woodland, or the longer three mile orange route around the estate’s boundary.

 

The Knoll and The Folly, Beds 

Part of the National Garden Scheme, a brilliant venture which gives the public access to over 3,500 privately owned gardens, The Knoll and The Folly have extended open days this year for you to get a glimpse of the space’s snowdrop collections. They’ll be open on 5, 11, 14, 22, 24 Feb.

 

Welford Park, Berks

Why Welford Park? It’s only got one the finest natural snowdrop woodlands in the chuffing country – four fabulous acres. Visit Wed-Sun (11am-4pm) until 1 Mar.

 

Benington Lordship Gardens, Herts 

The Big One. It’s impossible to talk about snowdrops without naming Benington. Close to Walkern and Stevenage, Benington has the lot and, with 200 varieties surrounding the Norman castle and moat, is often cited as the best snowdrop site in the country. There’ll be snowdrops for sale, plus you can also catch a concert, every Sunday at 2.30pm, in St Peter’s Church. No dogs allowed (5 Feb – 1 Mar).

 

Walkern Hall, Herts 

This stunning Georgian manor house set in a medieval hunting park is also a wedding venue and popular filming location. Eight acres of snowdrops and aconites to admire as well as homemade cakes inside.

 

Old Church Cottage, Tring, Herts 

Ancient yews, a Norman tower and a four hundred year old thatched cottage make for a perfect backdrop for snowdrops, am I right? Load of different varieties spring up on the churchyard along with pretty cyclamen, crocuses and other spring bulbs.

 

Anglesey Abbey, Cambs 

Back in the old days snowdrops were planted by monks as a symbol of purity with Anglesey, a former priory, a great example of monastic planting. It’s National Trust, so it offers your usual restaurant and shops and even a second hand bookshop.

 

Chippenham Park Gardens, Cambs 

Snowdrop walks, aconites, and all in gardens landscaped to an Anglo-Dutch design. At one point this estate was bought by a sugar baron, which leads me to the Potting Shed Cafe. Cake!

 

King’s Arms Garden, Beds 

A smaller space for snowdrops, the one and a half acre woodland gardens open just in time for the season in late Jan. Loads of snowdrop varieties as well as other spring offerings in the pretty space.

 

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11 comments on “Snowdrops everywhere!”

  • Carole Boyle February 11, 2019

    Some great ideas for places to go. I can’t wait to explore some of these. X

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  • Jane January 24, 2020

    Child Bereavement UK is holding a Snowdrop Walk on Sunday 2nd Feb at West Wycombe House. A lovely day for a fantastic cause with a treasure hunt for children, tombola and the best cake stall! https://www.childbereavementuk.org/Event/snowdrop-walk-buckinghamshire

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  • Rachel Sampson January 24, 2020

    Snowdrop Sunday at Nether Winchendon House 9th Feb from 11am to 4pm. Hosted by Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.

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  • Rob Heginbotham January 26, 2020

    They do exellent “Snowdrop teas” every year at St Botolphs Chuch in Swyncombe (which you mention above) on most weekends in February. Amazing church as well – great place to visit anyway, and the snowdrops make it really special

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  • Rob Heginbotham January 26, 2020

    For details re St Botolps Snowdrop Teas – visit http://www.st-botolphs-swyncombe.info/events/

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  • Angela January 26, 2020

    West Wycombe Park reopens on 1st April

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    • muddystiletto February 4, 2020

      Thanks for that Angela, will amend accordingly, though there was a Snowdrop walk there on Sunday 2nd Feb for Child Bereavement. x

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  • Sally Lessiter January 26, 2020

    Waterperry Gardens is east of Oxford not west. Your description of ‘A half hour drive west of central Oxford is wrong. Worth seeing all the different varieties of snowdrops and enjoying a fantastic tea in the teashop.

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    • muddystiletto February 4, 2020

      Hi Sally, thanks for the compass lesson, mea culpa. Will correct on the feature now. Kindest, Hero

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  • Nicola Rudge February 4, 2020

    Evenley Wood Gardens. https://www.evenleywoodgarden.co.uk/snowdrop-days/. Just over the boarder into Northamptonshire, near Brackley. NN13 5SH. Wonderful woods and snowdrops.

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  • sherrlybrown@getnada.com April 6, 2020

    Hey thanks for the suggestions. Your pictures are very beautiful .https://signatureweddingsbd.com/

    Reply

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