Wrap up warm for a winter walk full of snowdrops and winter flowers. From small displays in the alpine bed to great drifts on the snowdrop bank, there are flowers for everyone. Pink cyclamen, yellow aconites and exquisite irises and crocuses mingle with single and double snowdrops and unusual hellebores in the woodland walk.
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The snowdrop walk begins under the old gatehouse and the top half of the garden with its drifts of snowdrops, aconites and hellebores in the woodland walk. If you look carefully you will see wild violets shyly looking out from under their foliage. Turn the flowers of our hellebores up to face you and you will see a great mix of colours and forms including anemone-flowered, speckled, dark or picotee varieties. In quiet moments you may spot a tree creeper climbing the bark of the walnut or long tailed tits investigating the hawthorn twigs for insects.
Further along the winding path you arrive at the Cedar Meadow. This is specifically planted to be at its best during spring, whether you come for crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils or tulips. The views across the valley and gardens are particularly good here.
Descending to the lower gardens (which has handrails but is tricky for wheelchair access) you will find massed drifts of snowdrops in a beautiful setting overlooking parkland and the river.
We like to keep a natural look to the big drifts on the snowdrop banks and so have avoided filling them with other bulbs. But as you make your way back towards the tearoom, you pass small beds where we have added cyclamen, pulmonarias, aconites, crocuses, early daffodils and irises in carefully considered colourways. Rare and unusual snowdrops can be found near the tearoom in purpose built beds.
The tearoom and gift shop will be open, serving light lunches, soup and hot chocolate, perfect for keeping warm on a chilly day.
Open daily, 11am - 4pm. For complete details visit https://www.visiteaston.co.uk/gardens/snowdrops