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Millions of snowdrops in bloom!

Snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Gardens

Nestling in a hidden valley in Gloucestershire, Painswick's Rococo Garden is gearing up for one of its busiest times of the year. The Garden is famed for having one of the largest collections of naturalised snowdrops in the country. Each year, around five million snowdrops bloom, heralding the approach of a new spring. Staff at the Garden are predicting that they will shortly be at their best, with the main Snowdrop Grove looking likely to be in flower by this weekend.

The wonderful display forms an unforgettable carpet of white which has been delighting generations of visitors. There are fifteen known varieties of snowdrop in the Garden, including the famous Galanthus 'Atkinsii'. This distinctively tall, handsome flower was first discovered in Painswick by estate worker James Atkins in the 1800s.

This year, to answer visitors' many questions about the delicate blooms, the garden's expert horticultural team will be giving a talk every day at 12noon until the end of February. Snowdrop-loving visitors will also be able to buy one of several varieties of snowdrop, potted up and available for sale. There is also a range of snowdrop-related goods in the shop, and tasty homemade food and warming drinks on sale in our refurbished cafe.

Garden Director Dominic Hamilton says: "The blooming of our snowdrops is one of the county's most anticipated events, and we're thrilled that they're looking as good as ever this year. We've been hard at work restoring the Garden and improving what we do, so there will be plenty to delight every visitor, whether or not they've been before. But don't delay - they'll only be blooming for a couple of weeks!"

The Garden is open daily from 10.30am until 5pm. For more information, visit

Explore Gloucestershire
31 January 2017

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