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Visit snowdrops in February and March

A sure sign that spring is on its way is the re-emergence of snowdrops from their period of dormancy.

NGS snowdrops gardens to visit

When the first snowdrops start to appear you know winter is finally coming to an end. So what better way to celebrate the change in seasons than by visiting one of many NGS gardens that will be open over the coming months. From sprawling woods to romantic cottage gardens, it’s the perfect way to gain inspiration for your own garden or to simply while away an afternoon.

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Below is a list of snowdrop openings at NGS gardens. Gardens are listed in county order.  Please click on the garden name for further details

Bedfordshire


King's Arms Garden
Small woodland garden of about 1½ acres created by plantsman the late William Nourish. Trees, shrubs, bulbs and many interesting collections throughout the yr. Maintained since 1987 by ‘The Friends of the Garden’ on behalf of Ampthill Town Council

Opening: For NGS: Sun 27 Jan (2-4); Sun 27 Oct (2-4.30); Sun 26 Jan 2014

King's Arms Garden in Bedfordshire

Berkshire  


Oak Cottage
¼-acre garden with woodland feel. Mature trees underplanted with snowdrops and other spring flowering bulbs. Several unusual winter flowering plants including an Edgeworthia chrysantha, Chrysosplenium macrophyllum and many Hellebores. Pine pergola with various climbers, greenhouse, island beds and eclectic planting. Small vegetable patch with fruit trees

Opening: Visitors (max 10) welcome by appt, Suns in Feb only. Teas by arrangement

Oak Cottage in Berkshire

Sandleford Place
A plantswoman's 5 acres, more exuberant than manicured with R. Enborne flowing through. Various areas of shrub and herbaceous borders create a romantic, naturalistic effect. Wonderful old walled garden, potager and herb bed. Yr-round interest from early carpets of snowdrops, crocus-covered lawn and spring daffodils, to autumn berries and leaf colour

Opening: Sat 15, Sun 16 June (2-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appt 19 Jan to 16 Oct. (For groups of less than 10, adm is £7.50)

Buckinghamshire 


Magnolia House
½ acre, many mature trees incl magnificent copper beech and large magnolia. Wollemi pine, cactus, fernery, stream, beehives, 2 ponds, greenhouses. 2 small aviaries. 10,000 snowdrops and hellebores in spring. Collection of over 60 different hostas. Stay in our self catering accommodation, enjoy the garden. It is constantly being updated and new features added

Opening: Sun 24 Feb (11-2). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Aug

Cambridgeshire  


39 Foster Road
Plantsman's garden in small, new estate plot. Informal and formal areas: mixed herbaceous border; woodland/shade; 'vestibule' garden; exotic and ferns; espaliered fruit; pergola; patio; pond; parterre; many pots; octagonal greenhouse; seating and sculpture. Uncommon snowdrops, over 150 hostas, plus daphnes, acers and other choice/unusual cultivars. Trees and hedges in a small garden

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt Feb to Oct, week days possible

6 Robins Wood
Small woodland garden with a collection of 200+ varieties of snowdrops. Various hellebore and corydalis followed by other spring woodland plants and bulbs. Small alpine plant house

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt

Cheshire & Wirral 

 
Bucklow Farm
Country garden with shrubs, perennial borders, rambling roses, herb garden, vegetable patch, wildlife pond/water feature and alpines. Landscaped and planted over the last 25yrs with recorded changes. Free range hens. Carpet of snowdrops and spring bulbs. Leaf, stem and berries to show colour in autumn and winter

Opening: Sun 17 Feb (1-3.30)

The Well House
1-acre cottage garden, bridge over natural stream, spring bulbs, perennials, herbs and shrubs. Triple pond and waterfall feature. Adjoining ¾-acre field made into wild flower meadow; first seeding late 2003. Large bog area of kingcups and ragged robin. January for snowdrop walk

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt Jan to Aug. Refreshments by arrangement

Cornwall 


Coombegate Cottage
1-acre garden designed for winter colour and scent, continuing into spring. Witch hazels, daphnes, hellebores, early rhododendrons and interesting collection of more unusual seasonal plants, some for sale. Drifts of snowdrops. Sloping site with steps. Open unless ice/snow - phone to check if in doubt

Opening: Every Sun 10 Feb to 31 Mar 2013 (1-4); Suns 9, 16, 23 Feb 2014 (1-4). Visitors also welcome by appt 1 Feb to 30 Mar

Coombegate Cottage in Cornwall

Cumbria 


Acorn Bank
Sheltered and tranquil walled gardens contain a herb garden with more than 250 medicinal and culinary plants. Traditional apple orchards and mixed borders. Beyond the walls lie woodland walks with a wonderful display of snowdrops, daffodils and wild flowers in spring. Dogs welcome on leads on woodland walks

Opening: For NGS: Suns 24 Mar; 19 May; 16 June (10-5)

Acorn Bank in Cumbria

Summerdale House
1½-acre part-walled country garden set around 18c former vicarage. Several defined areas have been created by hedges, each with its own theme and linked by intricate cobbled pathways. Beautiful setting with fine views across to Farleton Fell. Traditional herbaceous borders, ponds, woodland and meadow planting provide year round interest. Large collections of auricula, primulas and snowdrops

Opening: Suns 17, 24 Feb; 31 Mar (11-4.30); Every Fri 5 Apr to 30 Aug; Suns 5 May; 7 July (11-4.30); Sun 16 Feb 2014. Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Aug, groups 10 to 30

Devon 


1 Feebers Cottage
Mature but evolving cottage garden of 1 acre, with a maze of pathways, alpine area, herbaceous plants, trees, shrubs and vegetable garden. Many varieties of snowdrops in spring, in autumn colchicums and cyclamen

Opening: Sun 10, Mon 11 Feb; Sat 15, Sun 16 Feb 2014 (12-3). Visitors also welcome by appt

Cherubeer Gardens
The 3 Cherubeers, a family affair, form a small hamlet in rolling farmland at 500 ft at the top of a SW facing valley. Despite the exposed location and stony acid clay soil, the gardens provide a wealth of colour right through the season. Cherubeer: cottage garden set around a C15 thatched house (not open). Ponds, paths, and steps filled with colourful perennials and herbs set off by mature shrubs and trees. Higher Cherubeer: 1-acre country garden with gravelled courtyard, raised beds and alpine house, large herbaceous border, shady woodland beds with over 200 varieties of snowdrops, colourful collection of basketry willows, vegetable garden and National Collection of hardy cyclamen. Middle Cherubeer: colourful small garden. 3 separate areas with bog garden, pond and massed herbaceous perennials interlinked with paths. Many cyclamen and snowdrop bank

Opening: Sun 3, Fri 15 Feb (2-5); Suns 26 May; 7 July (2.30-5.30); Sun 2, Fri 14 Feb 2014 (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to July

Cherubeer Gardens in Devon

Higher Cherubeer
1-acre country garden with gravelled courtyard, raised beds and alpine house, lawns, large herbaceous border, shady woodland beds, large kitchen garden, greenhouse, colourful collection of basketry willows. Winter opening for National Collection of hardy cyclamen, over 200 snowdrop varieties and hellebores

Opening: Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Sept

Littleham House Cottage
This secret spring garden is full of colour, foliage and flair. Winding paths lead you to horticultural surprises round every corner; spring bulbs, flowering shrubs and other treasures abound in this cottage garden. Organically-grown vegetables, herbs and a variety of fruit trees - something for everyone

Opening: Suns 10, 17 Feb (12-3.30); Suns 5, 12 May (2-5); Suns 9, 16 Feb 2014 (12-3.30). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Sept

Dorset    

Langebride House

Substantial old Rectory garden. Mature trees, pleached limes, herbaceous borders, flowering trees and shrubs and extensive carpets of spring bulbs, snowdrops, crocus cyclamen and daffodils en masse

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt Feb to July

Lawsbrook
6 acres. Over 200 trees incl the mature and unusual. Formal borders, wildflower and wildlife areas, vegetable garden. Relaxed and friendly, lovely opportunity for family walks in all areas including wildlife, stream, meadow. Children and dogs welcome. Year-round interest incl extensive snowdrops, hellebores and bulbs in early spring through full summer colour to intense autumn hues

Opening: Suns 3 Mar; 26 May; 3 Nov (10-4). Visitors also welcome by appt 21 Feb to 10 Nov

Lawsbrook in Dorset

Q
A town garden for all seasons where every inch counts. Themed rooms transport you from the hustle and bustle of town life. Garden reflects the owners many interests, featuring unusual spring bulbs, 100+ clematis plus other climbers, trees herbaceous, shrubs and bedding plants, water, gravel, veg and fruit trees

Opening: Suns 3 Mar (2-4.30); 10 Mar, 19 May, 16 June, 4 Aug (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Aug, parties up to 40 1wks notice please

Q in Dorset

Rampisham Manor
Beech and yew hedges are strong features in this mature sloping garden. The spacious grounds are effectively planted and well filled herbaceous and shrub beds around oval pond give the visitor much to enjoy. The top garden (flat), borrows the surrounding landscape and offers more surprises. Woodland walk, vegetables. February Snowdrops. April Spring bulbs and blossom

Opening: Sun 24 Feb (12-3); Sun 14 Apr (2-6)

Rampisham Manor in Dorset

Snape Cottage Plantsman's Garden
Mature country garden containing exceptional collection of hardy plants and bulbs, artistically arranged in informal cottage garden style, organically managed and clearly labelled. Specialities incl snowdrops, hellebores, 'old' daffodils, pulmonarias, auriculas, herbs, irises and geraniums. Wildlife pond, beautiful views, tranquil atmosphere. The home of Snape Stakes plant supports

Opening: For NGS: Sats, Suns 30, 31 Mar; 27, 28 Apr; 25, 26 May; 29, 30 June; 27, 28 July; 24, 25 Aug (2-5)

Snape Cottage Plantsman's Garden in Dorset

Essex  

Byndes Cottage

7-acre garden planted and maintained by enthusiastic owners who enjoy giving a conducted tour to groups. Extensive mix of borders, trees and shrubs with diverse and interesting plantings. Practical ideas for maintenance and conservation. National collection of Galanthus

Opening: Groups welcome by appt all year round (incl snowdrop time, late Jan to early March)

Hedingham Castle
Walk around the C18 formal parkland landscape, with stunning mature lime trees, a huge sweet chestnut tree, all surrounding the lake, with dovecote, bog pond and formal pond, set amongst C12 ramparts, dominated by the spectacular Norman keep. Carpets of snowdrops in Feb and young rhododendrons in May

Opening: For NGS: Tue 12 Feb, Sun 2 June (11-3)

Hedingham Castle in Essex

The Old Rectory
2½-acre garden surrounding C15 house (not open). Ponds, stream, with bridges and primulas, small wildflower meadow and wood with interesting trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders with emphasis on complementary colours. Vegetable garden. February opening for crocus, snowdrops and cyclamen. Possibly largest gunnera in Essex. Lovely views over Chelmer/Blackwater canal

Opening: Sat 16, Sun 17 Feb (12-3); Sun 26 May (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to June. Evening visits with wine possible

The Old Rectory in Essex

Glamorgan

11 Arno Road
Plant lover's small garden with ponds, rock garden and alpine sinks, climbers esp late flowering clematis and herbaceous borders. Fernery with Dicksonia Antarctica and rare climbing fern. Dwarf hardy geraniums are a favourite as are winter flowering shrubs, snowdrops and hellebores for winter interest

Opening: Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Sept

Gloucestershire 

 

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collections providing yr-round colour. Wander through 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams, enjoy breathtaking views across the Evenlode Valley and discover the oriental-inspired statues. Famous for autumn colour, Batsford is equally beautiful in spring thanks to snowdrops and aconites, daffodils and flowering cherries

Opening: For NGS: Sun 3 Mar (10-5)


Dr Jenner's House & Garden
Informal woodland garden at the former home of Dr Edward Jenner. Snowdrops and wild garlic guide you around, past the herb garden and site of the archaeological dig, to the Grade II* listed Temple of Vaccinia, the 200yr old plane tree and into the vinery where Jenner's Hampton Court Palace vine grows

Opening: For NGS: Sun 24 Feb (11-4) 2013; Sun 23 Feb 2014

Dr Jenner's House & Garden in Gloucestershire

Home Farm
Set in elevated position with exceptional views. 1m walk through woods and fields to show carpets of spring flowers. Enclosed garden with fern border, sundial and heather bed. White and mixed shrub borders. Stout footwear advisable in winter

Opening: Suns 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 Mar, 14, 28 Apr (2-5.30); Suns 2, 16 Feb 2014. Visitors also welcome by appt

Home Farm in Gloucestershire

Kempsford Manor
Early spring garden with variety of bulbs incl snowdrop walk along old canal. Peaceful, expansive summer garden for relaxation, regular cricket matches in adjacent cricket field, croquet and outdoor games and quizzes for children

Opening: For NGS: Suns 10, 17 Feb, 21 Apr, 12 May, 16 June, 14 July, 11 Aug (2-5); Suns 9, 16 Feb 2014

Kempsford Manor in Gloucestershire

Schofields
Tranquil 5 acres developed from 1970s providing 2½-acre spring woodland garden, plantsman's ¾-acres mature trees and shrubs, bulb, herbaceous and hot borders, autumn colour, berries, lavender walk, knot garden and lily ponds. Adjacent 1000sq.m exotic glasshouse garden planted with palms, tender and fruiting trees, shrubs, bulbs, climbers and succulents. Seating areas throughout garden. Please note: we regret the garden is not suitable for children

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt Mar to Sept Morning, afternoon or evenings

Trench Hill
Approx 3 acres set in small woodland with panoramic views. Variety of herbaceous and mixed borders, rose garden, extensive vegetable plots, wild flower areas, plantings of spring bulbs with thousands of snowdrops and hellebores, woodland walk, 2 small ponds, waterfall and larger conservation pond. Interesting wooden sculptures. Run on organic principles

Opening: Suns 17, 24 Feb (11-5); Sun 31 Mar, Mon 1 Apr (11-6); Every Wed 5 June to 26 June (2-6); Sat 15, Sun 16 June, Suns 21 July, 25 Aug (11-6); Suns 16, 23 Feb 2014. Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Sept. Not suitable for large coaches (max 42 seater)

Trench Hill in Gloucestershire

Gwynedd    

Llyn Rhaeadr

Hillside garden blending natural wildlife areas with garden plants, shrubs, vegetables and fruit. Small lake with 20 species of waterfowl with gazebos, fish and wildlife ponds, waterfalls, woodland, rockeries, lawns, borders, snowdrops, daffodils, heathers, bluebells, ferns, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, wild flowers, views of Tremadog Bay, Lleyn Peninsula. Good paths and seating

Opening: Fri 29, Sat 30, Sun 31 Mar, Mon 1 Apr, Suns, Mons 5, 6, 26, 27 May, Sat 15, Sun 16 June, Sun 25, Mon 26 Aug (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt

Penrhyn Castle
Large grounds incl Victorian walled garden; fine trees, shrubs, wild garden, good views, snowdrop walks

Opening: For NGS: Sat 16 Feb (11-3); Sat 22 Feb 2014

Penrhyn Castle in Gwynedd

Plas Yn Rhiw
Essentially a cottage garden of ¾ acre laid out around C17 manor house (not open) overlooking Porth Neigwl. Flowering shrubs and trees flourish in compartments framed by formal box hedges and paths. On summer days, scented plants infuse the air. A place of romance and charm. Snowdrops in spring

Opening: For NGS: Sun 10 Feb (11-3); Sun 9 Feb 2014

Hampshire 


Bramdean House

Beautiful 5-acre garden famous for its mirror-image herbaceous borders. Carpets of spring bulbs especially snowdrops. A large and unusual collection of plants and shrubs giving yr-round interest incl. over 40 varieties of sweet pea. 1-acre walled garden featuring prize-winning vegetables, fruit and flowers. Small arboretum

Opening: Suns 17 Feb (2-4); 21 Apr; 16 June; 21 July; 18 Aug; 15 Sept (2-4.30); 16 Feb 2014 (2-4)

Little Court
A tranquil country garden spectacular in spring, with carpets of bulbs, hellebores and snowdrops. Cowslips and butterflies and emphasis on wildlife. Prolific perennials all summer especially hardy geraniums. 3 acres incl paddock; fun for children with tree house, swings and alpacas. Garden is sheltered, many seats and beautiful views. Traditional kitchen garden

Opening: Fri 22, Sun 24, Mon 25 Feb (2-5); Mon 1 Apr, Thur 16, Sun 19 May (2-5.30); Fri 21, Sun 23, Mon 24 Feb 2014 (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to July

The Down House
3-acre garden developed by owners since 2001, laid out in rooms overlooking Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim's Way, with walks through a large meadow to the river. Carpet of snowdrops and crocus, plus borders of coloured stems in winter. Roped rose garden, hot borders, wildlife pond and shady places in summer. Pleached hornbeams, yew-lined avenues, woodland nut and orchard walk. Working vineyard and potager

Opening: Sun 17 Feb (12-4); Sun 23, Wed 26 June (2-6); Sun 16 Feb 2014 (12-4). Groups of 10+ also welcome by appt Feb to July

Herefordshire


Ivy Croft

Garden created since 1997 surrounds C17 cottage (not open) in 4 acres of rich grassland. Plant lovers' garden designed for all-yr interest. Raised beds, mixed borders, trees, alpines, troughs, formal vegetable garden framed by trained fruit trees; collections of ferns, willows and snowdrops

Opening: For NGS: Every Thur 7 Feb to 28 Feb (9-4); Suns 14 Apr; 19 May; 4 Aug; 8 Sept (2-5.30); Every Thur 6 to 27 Feb 2014. Visitors also welcome by appt Feb

Ivy Croft in Herefordshire

The Weir
A stunning riverside garden with sweeping views along the R Wye and Herefordshire countryside. Drifts of snowdrops and spring bulbs give way to wild flowers. Walled garden for summer interest

Opening: For NGS: Wed 20 Feb (11-4); Wed 4 Sept (11-5); Wed 19 Feb 2014

Hertfordshire


Walkern Hall
Walkern Hall is essentially a winter woodland garden. Set in 8 acres, the carpet of snowdrops and aconites is a constant source of wonder in Jan/Feb. This medieval hunting park is known more for its established trees such as the tulip trees and a magnificent London plane tree which dominates the garden

Opening: Sat 9, Sun 10 Feb (12-4)

Kent


Copton Ash
Garden grown out of a love and fascination with plants from an early age. Contains very wide collection incl many rarities and newly introduced species raised from wild seed. Special interest in woodland flowers, snowdrops and hellebores with flowering trees and shrubs of spring. Wide range of drought-tolerant plants. Raised beds with choice alpines and bulbs

Opening: Sun 17 Feb (12-4); Suns, Mons: 24, 31 Mar; 1, 28 Apr; 26, 27 May (2-5.30). Evening Opening Sun 16 June (5-8); Special snowdrop and hellebore opening Sun 16 Feb 2014. Visitors also welcome by appt Mar to Oct

Copton Ash in Kent

Goodnestone Park Gardens
10-12 acres with good trees, woodland garden, snowdrops, spring bulbs and walled garden with old-fashioned roses. Connections with Jane Austen who stayed here. 2 arboretums planted in 1984 and 2001, gravel garden. Picnics allowed

Opening: For NGS: Suns 17 Mar; 22 Sept (12-5)

Mere House
6-acre garden with C18 lake. Snowdrops, daffodils, lawns, herbaceous borders, ornamental shrubs and trees with foliage contrast and striking autumn colour. Woodland walk and major tree planting and landscaping. Park and lake walks

Opening: Sun 17, Sun 24 Feb, Sun 24 Mar, Mon 1 Apr, Sun 20 Oct, Sun 16, Sun 23 Feb 2014 (2-5)

Mere House in Kent

Spring Platt
1-acre garden under continual development with panoramic views of the Weald. Over 350 varieties of snowdrop grown in tiered display beds with spring flowers in borders. An extensive collection of alpine plants in rockeries and a large greenhouse. Vegetable garden

Opening: Sat 2, Sun 3 Feb (10.30-3). Sat 8, Sun 9 Feb 2014. Groups of 10-20 also welcome by appt Feb to Mar

Spring Platt in Kent

Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester

Weeping Ash
Created by retired nurseryman and photographer John Bent, Weeping Ash is a garden of all-yr interest with beautiful display of early snowdrops. Broad sweeps of colour lend elegance to this beautiful garden, which is currently undergoing an extensive re-design

Opening: Suns 3, 10, 17, 24 Feb; 14 Apr (10-2); Suns 2, 9, 16, 23 Feb 2014

Weeping Ash in Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester

Leicestershire & Rutland


Burbage Gardens
A pleasant West Leicestershire village.  6 Denis Road, small garden designed to look much larger. Wide range of plants incl ferns, hostas and special clematis. Alpines in sinks and large collection of snowdrops.  7 Hall Road, medium-sized garden with mixed borders and a good mix of shrubs. Foliage plants, hellebores, spring bulbs, hardy geraniums and unusual perennials

Opening: Sun 24 Feb (11-4)

The Homestead
¾-acre informal plant lover’s garden. Vegetable garden, small orchard, woodland area, many hellebores, growing collection (over 100) of snowdrops and some single peonies and salvias. Collections of hostas and sempervivums. National Collection of heliotropes. A garden where plants (incl vegetables) come first to produce a peaceful and relaxed overall effect

Opening: Sun 3 Mar (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to June, max 30

Westview
Small walled cottage-style garden with yr-round interest. Interesting and unusual plants, many grown from seed. Formal box parterre herb garden, courtyard, herbaceous borders, small wildlife pond, greenhouse, beehives, vegetable and fruit area. Auricula display. Handmade garden sculptures and artefacts on display. Collection of Galanthus (snowdrops)

Opening: Sun 3 Mar (12-4); Suns 19 May; 14 July, 8 Sept (11-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Sept, max 30

Lincolnshire


21 Chapel Street
A cottage garden behind a 300yr old cottage. Snowdrops, primroses, hellebores and many different spring flowering bulbs, colour with bulbs and herbaceous plants through the yr, autumn with asters, dahlias, salvias and many of the autumn flowering yellow daises

Opening: Sat 23, Sun 24 Feb, Sun 15 Sept, Sat 22 (11-5); Sun 23 Feb 2014. Visitors also welcome by appt

Doddington Hall Gardens
5 acres of romantic walled and wild gardens. Naturalised spring bulbs and scented shrubs from Feb to May. Spectacular iris display late May/early June in box-edged parterres of West Garden. Sumptuous herbaceous borders throughout summer; ancient chestnut trees; turf maze; Temple of the Winds. Fully productive, walled kitchen garden

Opening: For NGS: Sun 3, Wed 20 Mar (11-4); Wed 24 July (11-5)

Doddington Hall Gardens in Lincolnshire

Easton Walled Gardens
12 acres of 400yr old forgotten gardens undergoing extensive renovation. Set in parkland with dramatic views. C16 garden with Victorian embellishments. Italianate terraces; yew tunnel; snowdrops and cut flower garden. David Austin roses, meadows and sweet pea collections. Cottage and vegetable gardens. Please wear sensible shoes suitable for country walking

Opening: For NGS: Fri 29 Mar (11-4)

Easton Walled Gardens in Lincolnshire

Little Ponton Hall
3 to 4-acre garden. Massed snowdrops and aconites in Feb. Stream, spring blossom and hellebores, bulbs and river walk. Spacious lawns with cedar tree over 200yrs old. Formal walled kitchen garden and listed dovecote, with recently developed herb garden. Victorian greenhouses with many plants from exotic locations

Opening: Sat 16, Sun 17 Feb (11-4)

Walters Cottage
Country cottage garden of over ¼ acre developed over the past 10 years. Various themed areas. Walled garden with hornbeam allée, topiary and rill. Woodland area with wildlife pond and plants. Sunken garden. Long herbaceous borders, lawns and collection of hostas. Garden is well-stocked with many interesting and rare plants with added features. Snowdrops, hellebores and spring bulbs

Opening: Sat 2, Sun 3 Mar (12-4). Visitors also welcome by appt Mar to Oct

London


58A Teignmouth Road
Award winning front garden and back garden with eclectic planting schemes including colour co-ordinated beds, pergola with wisteria, climbing roses and 30+ clematis, 2 ponds, water feature, hardy, and unusual plants. Rainwater harvesting with integral watering system, native plants and organic treatment means a home for many frogs and bees

Opening: Sun 30 June (3-7). Visitors & groups of up to 15 people also welcome by appt Mar to Oct

Norfolk


Bagthorpe Hall
Snowdrops carpeting woodland walk

Opening: Sun 24 Feb (11-4)

Bagthorpe Hall in Norfolk

Chestnut Farm
A 3 acre garden for all seasons, created over many years by enthusiastic plant lovers. Lawns, formal areas, herbaceous borders, vegetables and fruit. Woodland garden, specimen trees and shrubs. In the spring there are over 60 varieties of snowdrops, with crocus, hellebores and daphnes planted in natural surroundings. There is always something to see

Opening: Thur 28 Feb; Sun 3 Mar (11-4); Sun 19 May (11-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Sept. Refreshments by arrangement

Chestnut Farm in Norfolk

Horstead House
Millions of beautiful snowdrops carpet the woodland setting, which has also been recently planted with scented winter flowering shrubs. A stunning feature are the dogwoods growing on a small island in R Bure, which flows through the garden. Small walled garden

Opening: Sun 24 Feb (11-4)

Horstead House in Norfolk

Lexham Hall
Fine C17/C18 Hall (not open). Parkland with lake and river walks. Formal garden with terraces, yew hedges, roses and mixed borders. Traditional kitchen garden with crinkle crankle wall. Extensive collection of scented, winter flowering shrubs and woods, carpeted with snowdrops. 3-acre woodland garden with azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, spring bulbs, and fine trees. A major new planting scheme in the walled garden. Dogs on leads welcome Feb only

Opening: Sun 10 Feb (11-4); Sun 19, Mon 20 May, Wed 11 Sept (11-5)

Lexham Hall in Norfolk

North East Wales


Aberclwyd Manor
A 4 acre garden on a sloping hillside overlooking the Upper Clwyd Valley. The garden has many mature trees underplanted with snowdrops, fritillaries and cyclamen. An Italianate garden of box hedging lies below the house and shrubs, ponds, perennials, roses and an orchard are also to be enjoyed within this cleverly structured area

Opening: Every Wed 6 Feb to 25 Sept (11-4). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Oct

Glog Ddu
The result of three generations of gardening enthusiasm, a garden inspired by an Edwardian plantsman with a fascinating history. Approx 2-acres consisting of snowdrops rhododendrons, herbaceous borders, rare trees and shrubs, many grown from seed. Planted for yr-round interest with an emphasis on autumn colour. New prairie border

Opening: Visitors welcome by app mid Feb to mid March. Parking for 12 cars. Not suitable for coaches. Visitors must phone to make arrangements

Northamptonshire


Greywalls
2-acre mature garden surrounding old vicarage (not open). Over 100 varieties of snowdrops, drifts of hardy cyclamen and hellebores. Alpine house and raised alpine beds. Water features and natural ponds with views over open countryside. Rare breed hens

Opening: Sun 3 Mar (12-4). Visitors also welcome by appt Mar to June. Coaches welcome

67-69 High Street
Constantly evolving, <F>1/3</F>-acre rear garden of C17 cottage (not open). Mixed borders, many obelisks and containers, kitchen garden and herb bed, rope border. Spring garden with snowdrops, bluebells and hellebores; Summer and Autumn borders all giving varied interest from Feb through to Oct

Opening: Evening Openings £3.50, chd free, wine, Thurs 6, 13, 20, 27 June (5-8.30). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Oct Evening visits with wine and 'nibbles'

Rosemount
The Leatherlands have been developing this ½-acre garden for over 50yrs. Both are keen and knowledgeable plantspeople, who love collecting and propagating their favourite plants, many of which are for sale. In August the garden is full of colour and interest with usual shrubs, herbaceous and clematis. Feb opening features their collection of nearly 200 different snowdrops, many hellebores and unusual spring bulbs, some for sale

Opening: Sun 24 Feb (11-3). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Aug

Rosemount in Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire


Crows Nest Cottage
Bird friendly, mature garden wrapped around the cottage with large wildlife ponds, streams and waterfalls. Yr-round interest with winter-flowering shrubs and a wealth of spring bulbs following snowdrops. Colourful tulips, planted pots and bluebells, with azaleas and summer colours to come. Many lovely clematis and unusual plants

Opening: Visitors also welcome by appt Mar to Sept (combined with Home Farm Cottage if date convenient)

The Beeches
1-acre garden full of colour and interest to plant enthusiasts looking for unusual and rare plants. Spring gives some 250 named snowdrops together with hellebores and early daffodils. The lawn is awash with crocus, fritillarias, anemones, narcissi and cyclamen. Large vegetable garden on raised beds. Lovely views over open countryside

Opening: Sun 17, Wed 20 Feb (11-4); Suns 24 Mar, 21 Apr (2-5) Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Apr

The Beeches in Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire


Kingston Bagpuize House
Notable collection of unusual trees, incl magnolias, shrubs, perennials, snowdrops and other bulbs, providing yr-round interest and colour. Large mixed borders, interesting summer flowering trees and shrubs. Restoration of copses and new planting in garden and parkland continues

Opening: For NGS: Sun 17 Mar, Sun 8 Sept (2-5)

Old Rectory
This 1½ acre garden will be opening in February for the first time for the snowdrops and aconites. There are also winter flowering shrubs

Opening: Tue 12 Feb (10-1)

Shropshire


Millichope Park
Historic landscape gardens covering 14 acres with lakes, cascades dating from C18, woodland walks and wildflowers. Extensive shows of snowdrops in late winter and bluebells in spring

Opening: Sun 24 Feb; Mon 6 May (2-6)

Somerset, Bristol & South Gloucestershire


Camers
Elizabethan farmhouse (not open) set in 4 acres of constantly developing garden and woodland with spectacular views over Severn Vale. Garden full of surprises, formal and informal areas planted with very wide range of species to provide yr-round interest. Parterre, topiary, Japanese garden, bog and prairie areas, waterfalls, white and hot gardens, woodland walks

Opening: Sun 28 July (2-5). Groups of 20+ welcome by appt Feb to Oct. Small parties may enter directly from A432

East Lambrook Manor Gardens
The quintessential English cottage garden created by 20th century gardening legend Margery Fish. A plantsman's paradise with old-fashioned and contemporary plants grown in a relaxed and informal manner to create an extraordinary garden of great beauty and charm. With noted collections of snowdrops, hellebores and geraniums and the excellent specialist Margery Fish Plant Nursery

Opening: For NGS: Sun 3 Feb, Sat 18 May, Sun 14 July, Sun 9 Feb 2014 (10-5)

East Lambrook Manor Gardens in Somerset, Bristol & South Gloucestershire

Hanham Court
Hanham Court Gardens develops this rich mix of bold formality, water, woodland, orchard, meadow and kitchen garden with emphasis on scent, structure and romance, set amid a remarkable cluster of manorial buildings between Bath and Bristol

Opening: For NGS: Sun 27 Jan, Sat 8, Sun 9 June (1.30-5.30)

Hanham Court in Somerset, Bristol & South Gloucestershire

Newark Park
Wild woodland garden with a good display of snowdrops and aconites. Wonderful views to the South

Opening: For NGS: Thur 14 Feb (11-4)

Rock House
1-acre walled garden undergoing improvement. Pond and old yew tree, mixed borders, cottage garden plants and developing woodland with many snowdrops

Opening: Suns 3, 10 Feb 2013; Suns 2, 9 Feb 2014 (11-4). Visitors also welcome by appt 27 Jan to 29 Sept, incl groups

Staffordshire, Birmingham & West Midlands


Four Seasons
Stunning tapestry of colour in all seasons. Suburban, S-facing 1/3 acre, gently sloping to arboretum. 180 acers, 350 azaleas, bulbs, hellebores, camellias, perennials, begonias, bright conifers, topiary and shrubs. Interesting barks and berries. Many 'rooms'. Themes include contrast of red, blue and yellow. Jungle, oriental pagoda, bridges, water features and stone ornaments. Some steps. WC

Opening: Sun 24 Feb, Sat 11, Sun 12, Sat 18 May, Sat 10 Aug, Sat 26, Sun 27 Oct (10-5)

Four Seasons in Staffordshire, Birmingham & West Midlands

Suffolk  

 

Gable House

1-acre plantsman’s garden of all-year interest. Vast collection of snowdrops, cyclamen, hellebores etc for the February opening. The June open day brings colour and variety from shrub roses, perennials and interesting trees and shrubs. Greenhouses contain rare bulbs and tender plants

Opening: Sun 17 Feb (11-4); Sun 2 June (11-5); Sun 16 Feb 2014

Gable House in Suffolk

Surrey 


Gatton Park

Gatton Park is the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown. Gatton also boasts a Japanese garden, rock and water garden and Victorian parterre nestled within the sweeping parkland. Stunning displays of snowdrops and aconites in February and March

Opening: For NGS: Suns 17 Feb 2013 (11-4); 16 Feb 2014

Gatton Park in Surrey

Sussex 


Dachs

A waterlogged field turned into a beautiful garden of about 2 acres. Incl white garden, bog area, stream and unusual design of bridges. Several other themed beds with perennials of different textures and colours. Wide range of daffodils, narcissi, some snowdrops, fritillaria and iris in the spring

Opening: Sats, Suns: 23, 24 Mar; 8, 9 June (2-5.30)

Pembury House
Depending on the vagaries of the season, winter-flowering shrubs, hellebores and drifts of snowdrops are at their best in February. Special Hellebore Day on 8th March. Winding paths give a choice of walks through the 2+ acres of garden which is in the South Downs National Park and enjoys views to the Downs

Opening: Tue 12, Wed 13, Thur 14, Tue 19, Wed 20, Thur 21 Feb; Fri 8 Mar Special Hellebore Day (all dates 11-4). 2014 dates: Tues, Weds, Thurs 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 Feb. Fri 7 Mar Special Hellebore Day. Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Mar

Pembury House in Sussex

The Manor of Dean
Approx 3 acres. Traditional English garden, herbaceous borders, a variety of early-flowering bulbs and snowdrops, spring bulbs, grass walks and steps. Walled kitchen garden partly in use for household. Lawns, rose garden and informal areas with views of South Downs. Garden under a long-term programme of improvements

Opening: Sun 17 Feb, Sun 17 Mar, Sat 13, Sun 14 Apr, Sun 19 May (2-5). Evening Opening, wine, Fri 5 July (5-8); Sun 11 Aug, Sun 22 Sept (2-5). Groups of 10+ also welcome by appt Mar to Sept

Warwickshire  


Elm Close

Drifts of snowdrops, aconites, erythroniums and hellebores in spring are followed by species peonies, sumptuous tree peonies, herbaceous peonies and delphiniums. Colourful Japanese maples, daphnes and cornus are underplanted with hostas, heucheras, and brunneras. Then agapanthus, phlox, asters, salvias and hydrangeas extend the seasons, with hundreds of clematis providing yr-round colour

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt Feb to Sept. Min group 15, max 50

Wiltshire  


Avon Cottage

Garden planted for year round interest incl bulbs, large drifts of snowdrops and narcissi, flowering shrubs and perennials in woodland, along stream and in borders with tulips in pots. Mature evergreen hedges break up the level site which is under continual development. Lovely views and abundant wildlife

Opening: Suns 17 Feb; 17 Mar (1-4); 21 Apr (2-5); 23 Feb 2014 (1-4). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Apr, Weds and Fris only

Lacock Abbey Gardens
Woodland garden with carpets of aconites, snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils. Botanic garden with greenhouse, mediaeval cloisters and magnificent trees

Opening: For NGS: Sats & Suns 9, 10, 16, 17 Feb (11-4); 8, 9, 15, 16 Feb 2014

Worcestershire  

 

Dial Park

Approx ¾ acre garden in rural setting. Planted with a wide variety of plants providing interest throughout the year. Specialities incl a large collection of snowdrops, old daffodils and hardy ferns. Small collection of country tools and bygones

Opening: Wed 20 Feb (11-4). Visitors also welcome by appt Individuals or groups. Refreshments by arrangement

Dial Park in Worcestershire

Yorkshire   

 

Austwick Hall

Set in the dramatic limestone scenery of the Dales the garden nestles into a steeply wooded hillside. Extensive drifts of common single and double snowdrops are an impressive sight with examples of over 50 other varieties. Sculptures along the trail add further interest.Woodland paths may be slippery in wet weather so sensible footwear recommended

Opening: Wed 20 Feb (12-4); Wed 26 Feb 2014

Devonshire Mill
Early spring features double snowdrops (mainly galanthus flore pleno) in old orchards, hellebores and ferns in a woodland setting. The house is a 200yr old GII listed watermill. An intimate garden with different areas and mill stream. Organic principles used to encourage wildlife. Productive vegetable gardens with raised beds, polytunnel, greenhouses, hen run and well-stocked herbaceous borders

Opening: Sun 17 Feb (11-4)

Fawley House
Tiered, 2½-acre garden with lawns, mature trees, formal hedging and gravel pathways. Lavender beds, mixed shrub/herbaceous borders, hot borders. Apple espaliers, pears, soft fruit, vegetable and herb gardens. Terrace with pergola and vines. Sunken garden with white border. Woodland with naturalistic planting and spring bulbs, hellebores, ferns. Quaker well, stream and spring area

Opening: Groups welcome by appt Feb to Sept, admission incl home-made tea. Individual visitors can ring to join a group

The Court
Romantic and restful with hidden seating areas offering different vistas. Roses and clematis scrambling up walls and trees. 2 summerhouses, small pond and waterfall with secluded arbours and historical items. A long tunnel of wisteria, clematis and laburnum leads to a little path with Betula jacquemontii, small stumpery, and grown up swing

Opening: Sun 19 May (1-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to July