Let It Snow (Drop)! London's Going Snowdrop Crazy This Month

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Let It Snow (Drop)! London's Going Snowdrop Crazy This Month
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Snowdrops tend to be the first flowers to bloom in England every year — and they're already out for 2020. 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 are already popping up this year. 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 25 January, 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 25 January 2020.

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 25 January. There aren't specific snowdrop days this year though — perhaps due to the unpredictability caused by warmer weather. Over 50 snowdrop varieties are available to buy in the garden's shop.

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Chelsea Physic Garden, from 25 January 2020.

Snowdrop day at 7 The Grove, Highgate

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Every year, the National Open Garden Scheme 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 we have found one London garden that's hosting a snowdrop day in 2020.

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7 The Grove in Highgate Village has a half-acre walled garden, home to snowdrops in the early months of the year, and open for viewing by appointment on 9 February 2020. Find out more and get in touch with the owner to arrange to view the garden.

7 The Grove, 9 February 2020.

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

Last Updated 23 January 2020