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Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2019

A close-up of snowdrops
Discover spectacular snowdrop displays across the country during this year’s Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens, and runs from 25 January to 11 March 2019. Each year, the festival promotes some of the best gardens and woodlands where you can enjoy the arrival of these beautiful little flowers.

Highlights of this year’s festival include displays in Ayrshire, Perth, West Lothian and Dumfries & Galloway.

Branklyn Garden, Perth

Branklyn Garden snowdrops

Branklyn Snowdrop Weekends
16, 17, 23 & 24 February

With over 100 cultivars on display, both novices and Galanthophiles will have plenty to see in the garden, together with a wide range of early spring-flowering bulbous plants. We’ll have a limited number of choicer snowdrop cultivars for sale together with a few Branklyn-grown plants.

The Head Gardener will be on hand to give a conducted tour of the garden and speak about some of the more unusual cultivars as well as the yellow snowdrops. The tearoom will be open, serving freshly made scones, teas and coffee. Car parking is available free of charge above the garden in Fairmount Terrace.

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Culzean Castle & Country Park, South Ayrshire

Culzean Castle in the snow

A Culzean Snowdrop Wonderland
25 January–11 March

Discover a snowdrop wonderland across the 600 acres of the Culzean estate. Enjoy walks through the majestic woodland, past secluded ponds and along the clifftop, taking in the stunning Ayrshire views.

Not to be missed, of course, is the castle itself, among other attractions including the Walled Garden, Swan Pond, Deer Park and Adventure Cove.

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House of the Binns, West Lothian

House of the Binns snowdrops

A Walk in the Woods
8 February–3 March

Come along to this 18th-century parkland and discover the drifts of snowdrops planted by Eleanor Dalyell in the woodland adjacent to the house.

Enjoy extended parkland walks with views to Blackness and across West Lothian.

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Broughton House & Garden, Dumfries & Galloway

Broughton House Garden snowdrops

The Enchanting Broughton House Garden
1 February–11 March

This incredible garden in Kirkcudbright’s historic High Street was designed and maintained by the artist E A Hornel between 1901 and 1933. With its narrow winding paths and series of secluded compartments, you can feel the intimate and magical atmosphere that prevails throughout this garden.

The snowdrops within the garden provided inspiration for some of Hornel’s best-known paintings, and hellebores provide much-needed colour at this time of year.

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