Norfolk Snowdrop Festival 2022
Fresh air and the first signs of spring epitomised by drifts of glorious snowdrops are a reminder of changing seasons and a promise of what’s to come. What better way to shake off winter and celebrate the exciting gardening visiting year ahead than with the National Garden Scheme’s 2022 Snowdrop Festival. These glorious white heralds of spring can be viewed in five National Garden Scheme gardens throughout Norfolk during February.
Julia Stafford Allen, Norfolk County organiser says: “Following the restrictions of 2020 and 2021 we are looking forward to starting a new year, by welcoming back visitors to enjoy our earliest gardening showcase. Our Snowdrop Festival isn’t just for galanthophiles looking to spot a rarity, but welcomes everyone who wants to throw off the winter blues and spend time outdoors at what can be a gloomy time of year.”
The Snowdrop festival runs between the 1st and 28th February. Pre-booking is essential for some open gardens. Entry for Children is free, unless otherwise stated. Further information and online booking is now open and available here. The gardens taking part in the Snowdrop Festival this year are:
Sunday 13th February, 11am-4pm Lexham Hall is a mature garden with year round interest, and is especially beautiful when snowdrops carpet the woodland. Admission £6.
Saturday 19th February 11am-4pm: Horstead House has a stunning woodland garden awash with snowdrops and winter flowering shrubs. Another beautiful feature is the dogwoods growing on a small island in the R. Bure, which flows through the garden. Admission £5. Pre-booking is essential, and by arrangement visits also available through February.
Sunday 20th February 11am-4pm: Bagthorpe hall will once again be open for a delightful circular walk meandering through a stunning display of snowdrops naturally carpeting a woodland floor, and then returning through a walled garden. Admission £5. Tea and home-made soup available.
Saturday 26th February 10am -4pm: Shortlisted for the 2020 Historic House Garden of the Year Award, Hindringham Hall has a large and varied selection of spring bulbs for you to enjoy. Some access for wheelchairs able to cope with gravel paths.
Sunday 27th February, 11am -4pm Chestnut Farm, Holt, has a large collection of snowdrops, as well as many rare and unusual trees, shrubs, flowers and bulbs. Wheelchair access may be tricky if wet. Admission £5, light refreshments. Garden also open for by arrangement visits from February to October.
Since its foundation in 1927, The National Garden Scheme has donated over £55 million to its beneficiaries, with current annual donations reaching £3m.
Charities supported by the National Garden Scheme in 2020 were:
o Macmillan Cancer Support
o Marie Curie
o Hospice UK
o Queen’s Nursing Institute
o Horatios Gardens
o Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK
o Treloar’s and KIDS
o Bursaries and community projects were also funded
Registered Charity 1112664
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