Snowdrop Gardens in Somerset
We recommend visiting the following Snowdrop Gardens in Somerset, who are working in partnership with the Festival
Holders of the 'Snowdrop Passport' are being offered Half-Price entry to these restored nineteenth century gardens during the Festival weekend and until 23 February 2019.
Owned by Mulberry founder and English designer Roger Saul, Kilver Court Gardens and Garden Nursery are housed within the grounds of a regenerated textile mill in the heart of Somerset, which is home to the Kilver Court Designer Village and restaurants.
The 3.5 acre gardens were originally created for the workers in the lace factory on the Kilver Court site. As seen on BBC Gardeners' World, they feature a number of highlights including a millpond and ornamental boating lake created over 100 years ago; a reproduction of George Whitelegg's Chelsea Gold Medal winning rockery and a formal parterre created by Roger in the 1990's.
The gardens sit in front of the historic 15 meter high Charlton Viaduct, providing an impressive backdrop to the surroundings.
Enjoy half-price garden entry
Kilver Court will be offering snowdrop themed teas in the Sharpham Pantry Restaurant.
Don't forget to check out the Garden Nursery and Wiggly Shed Shop, which will be selling snowdrop planters.
East Lambrook Manor
Throughout February East Lambrook Manor Gardens will be hosting a Festival of Snowdrops. For 'Snowdrop Passport' holders the garden visit will be Half-Price* until the end of February 2019
Cottage garden doyenne Margery Fish was an avid collector of unusual snowdrops, which she planted in her famous garden at East Lambrook Manor. She was one of the first ‘galanthophiles’ and amassed a significant collection in the 1950’s and 60’s. Since then chance crosses in the garden have given rise to some new hybrids, including Galanthus ‘Margery Fish’, named in her honour .
Mrs Fish grew her snowdrops in an area of the garden known as the Ditch and this looks magnificent in February, the sides carpeted in snowdrops. Others, both species and hybrid cultivars, are found throughout the garden. The collection now contains over 120 different varieties.
The East Lambrook Festival of Snowdrops will feature informal talks and tours by the Head Gardener or owner. Over 40 varieties of snowdrop will be on sale in the nursery with a 'snowdrop sale' from 24th February when any unsold bulbs will be offered at reduced prices. Visit the website for more details and a list of snowdrops for sale.
Throughout February the garden, nursery and cafe are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Visitors to the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival can get in for Half Price on any day in February provided they are wearing their 'Snowdrop Passport' badge.
* This offer will be with the exception of 17th February when the garden is open for the NGS,
Ston Easton Park
This is a great time to visit the gardens to see snowdrops, cyclamen and hellebore and until 17 March 2019 Ston Easton is offering 'Snowdrop Passport' holders 10% off
The gardens themselves hold a fascinating history. The magnificent parkland surrounding the house was designed by the famous 18th Century landscape architect, Humphry Repton and Ston Easton Park is the only remaining Repton landscape in Somerset.
The estate includes the Victorian Kitchen Garden, which supplies much of the hotel's fresh produce. Ston Easton Park has become renowned as the only known hotel in the UK to cultivate and harvest its very own loofahs!
Volunteers have recently begun to help restore the land to its former 'after stage' of the planned Repton landscape.
Once you have finished your tour, why not visit the hotel for refreshments, possibly treating yourself to one of the Ston Easton Somerset Afternoon Teas.
Don't forget your badge!