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Millions of snowdrops bloom at Painswick's Rococo Garden

swick's Rococo Garden

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 home to one of the largest collections of naturalised snowdrops in the country, with around five million snowdrops blooming to herald the approach of a new spring. Staff at the Garden say they are just approaching their best, with the main Snowdrop Grove now in full flower.

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 2.30pm until the end of February.

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 a magical place for all ages to enjoy. Families can battle their way to the centre of the maze and explore the newly-extended woodland play area. Well-behaved dogs, on leads, can join in the fun too! There’s also the chance to catch the work of local artist Nick Pike, which is on display on the Cafe walls until the end of February.

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

Explore Gloucestershire
1 February 2018

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