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20 Jan 2019

Snowdrops at Branklyn

As we enjoy a gentle start to the winter season, Branklyn Garden is enjoying a sudden burst of colour.

Many of the flowers appear on popular shrubs such as Viburnum, Hamamelis (witch hazel) and Daphne. However, beneath the shrubs are a whole host of seasonal bulbs including winter aconites (Eranthis), crocus, cyclamen and snowdrops.

Branklyn Garden sundial
Branklyn Garden

Such has been the resurgence of interest in snowdrops over the last few decades that there is a new term for gardeners who have an insatiable desire for these lovely plants: ‘Galanthophiles’!

'The Laird' Snowdrops
'The Laird' snowdrops

The current Head Gardener at Branklyn, Jim Jermyn, has introduced over 200 varieties of snowdrop, which have been planted in the garden over the last few years, among swarms of the common snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis. In early January this year, there were already over 20 varieties in full flower, including ‘The Laird’, ‘Faringdon Double’, ‘Gerard Parker’ and G. elwesii

Come and enjoy a walk around the garden during the weekends of 16–17 and 23–24 February (the garden is closed for the rest of the winter season) to see the full range of snowdrops, along with many other spring-flowering bulbs, then treat yourself to a hot drink and a delicious homemade scone in the tearoom.

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