London's Going Snowdrop Crazy This Month - Here's Where To See Them

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London's Going Snowdrop Crazy This Month - Here's Where To See Them
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Snowdrops tend to be the first flowers to bloom in England every year. If you're desperate to see something flowering against the bleak winter backdrop, here's where you can get in on the snowdrop action in London.

Snowdrops at Kew Gardens

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This famous botanical garden is the obvious place to get your snowdrop fix — almost all of the 20 known varieties can be seen here, and Kew researchers discovered a new species as recently as 2019. You'll find most of Kew's snowdrop collection in the Rock Garden, and neighbouring Davies Alpine House in the north-east corner of the gardens.

Snowdrop sale at Myddelton House Gardens

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Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield has a reputation with the gardeners of London and beyond for its snowdrops, which usually start emerging in mid-January. Head to the Alpine Meadow area to see a carpet of snowdrops and crocuses, swiftly followed up by daffodils as the temperature rises. The whole garden was designed by renowned gardener and botanist Edward Augustus Bowles, who lived in Myddelton House from 1865 to 1954.

If you want to recreate the snowdrop experience in your own garden, visit Myddelton House on 29 January 2022, when several nurseries gather for a snowdrop sale, selling common and rare varieties of the plant. In previous years, they've sold out pretty sharpish, so we'd recommend getting there early.

Myddelton House Gardens, snowdrop sale on 29 January 2022.

Snowdrops at Chelsea Physic Garden

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Chelsea Physic Garden's snowdrop trail returns this year, once the venue reopens after its winter break on 23 January 2022. There aren't specific snowdrop days this year though — perhaps due to the unpredictability caused by warmer weather. Various snowdrop varieties are usually available to buy in the garden's shop if you fancy recreating the experience at home.

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Chelsea Physic Garden, from 23 January 2022.

National Open Garden Scheme Snowdrop Days

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The National Open Garden Scheme usually hosts a snowdrop festival, which sees individual private gardens across England and Wales open on selected days for the public to view the snowdrops.

As you might expect, the majority of these gardens are located in the rolling countryside, rather than here in London, but in the past, a private garden in Highgate has opened for snowdrop days. No info on 2022 just yet (and of course, Covid precautions may mean it doesn't happen this year) but watch this space.

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Willing to travel further afield for your snowdrop fix? National Trust has a guide to snowdrops at its properties across the south-east.

Know of anywhere else going snowdrop crazy in London? Tell us in the comments.

Last Updated 13 January 2022