We have an abundance of places in Northamptonshire where we can enjoy snowdrops – the beautiful harbingers of spring. Here are just a few of our favourite places, although there are many more.
Please note that you must check the relevant websites to ensure that the gardens are open before you set off, and opening times and dates will vary. Some also require pre-booking. And as snowdrops can’t read a calendar they may decide to bloom earlier or later than expected. However, the last two Sundays in February offer the best
chance for a snowdrop visit.
You can read all about the history of stunning snowdrops here.
Here’s a list of places to see snowdrops around Northamptonshire this February.
Boughton House does the ‘snowdrop carpet’ to stunning effect under its ancient trees,
and the last time I visited the honey scent was delicious. Open 27th February with NGS. www.boughtonhouse.co.uk
Canons Ashby has prettily naturalised snowdrops in the paddock and in the wonderfully restored formal gardens. Open daily from 12th February www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canonsashby
Coton Manor, one of the finest privately owned and managed botanic gardens in the county is open for both their wonderful snowdrops and exquisite hellebores. Open last two weekends in February, and the first weekend of March www.cotonmanor.co.uk
Deene Park also has an impressive collection of varieties set in their manicured and topiaried formal gardens and canalised woodland gardens. 20th and 27th February www.deenepark.com
Lamport Hall can offer you snowdrops and art! They are hosting the Northamptonshire Open Studios Spring Exhibition over the weekend of 19th – 20th February too. Artists will be creating works of art live. www.lamporthall.co.uk
Rockingham Castle has the most wonderful setting, with views for miles over five counties if it’s a clear day, and carpets of snowdrops too. Check their website for availability. www.rockinghamcastle.com
Thenford Arboretum seems to take the record for the largest number of varieties. It’s such a pretty spot, and is home to 675 different varieties of galanthus, under the care of Emma Thick, aka ‘the snowdrop lady’. Open afternoons of 9th, 19th and 22nd February 2022. www.thenfordarboretum.com
Badby Woods, The Nuttery and Evenly Woods are wonderful places to enjoy snowdrops in the most natural settings. Managed by the Woodland Trust, you will also see other winter flowers such as aconites and primroses as the season develops. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
And the National Garden scheme is worth a look for more places in Northamptonshire that may be opening especially for snowdrops on 27th February 2022. www.ngs.org.uk