Scottish Snowdrop Festival offers a Burst of Winter Beauty

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival returns for 2022 and across the country, dozens of gardens, woodlands and estates will be inviting visitors to enjoy sheets of white flowers and collections of special varieties of mid-winter’s loveliest bloom.

Galanthus nivalis Sandersii Group, Bruckhills Croft Garden, Aberdeenshire

The Festival runs throughout the peak of snowdrop season, from Tuesday 25th January until Friday 11th March and during that time visitors can discover snowdrops growing in all kinds of places, from Teasses Estate in Fife, where there will be opportunities for candlelight walks in woodlands filled with snowdrops, to 10 Pilmuir Road West in Forres where a specialist collection of more than 150 different snowdrop varieties will be on display.

At Millfield House in Falkland, snowdrops of many different kinds are displayed in raised beds, making the beauty of individual flowers easier to appreciate, while thousands more snowdrops brightening up the walled garden, meadow and woodland paths. And amongst the many openings will be Shepherd House in Inveresk, home to renowned artist Ann Fraser, whose collection of specialist snowdrops often feature in her paintings. 

Galanthus ‘Midas’ Bruckhills Croft Garden, Aberdeenshire

Snowdrops are also a feature of many National Trust for Scotland properties including Culzean Castle and House of the Binns, and Branklyn Garden in Perth will be opening from Friday 11th February until Sunday 13th February, for its annual ‘Snowdrop Weekend.’

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens, in collaboration with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, whose members open their gardens for charity. Dougal Philip, Director of Discover Scottish Gardens, said, “From very humble beginnings this Festival has grown to become a much-cherished celebration of the beauty of our gardens at that moment when winter starts to give way to spring. It’s a chance to get outdoors, take some exercise and appreciate the beauty that nature brings our way.”

Liz Stewart, Director of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, said, “Our members range from large estates to small private gardens so the Festival offers the chance to be wowed by snowdrops growing in large numbers or enchanted by close-ups of the blooms in intimate settings.”

Galanthus ‘Green Mile’, Bruckhills Croft Garden, Aberdeenshire

A full list of participating gardens is available at www.discoverscottishgardens.org/snowdropfestival and from www.visitscotland.com/snowdrops and for a list of gardens opening for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme visit www.scotlandsgardens.org.

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