Snowdrops at Bodnant Garden

Snowdrops growing in a woodland

Snowdrops start to appear in the New Year and by February their nodding white flowerheads are everywhere around Bodnant Garden, as far as the eye can see.

Nothing brightens up a frosty winter walk like the sight of native snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis.  Their name comes from the Greek gala (meaning ‘milk’) anthos (meaning ‘flower’) and nivalis (meaning 'of the snow'.) They naturalise and spread readily and are a common sight in our British woodlands and back gardens - a welcome first sign of coming spring.

A future spectacle

The first to appear here at Bodnant are the unusual specimens in the Winter Garden which begin to pop up their heads in January (sometimes earlier). They're followed by a mass display of common snowdrops in the Old Park meadow. The Old Park is one of the oldest parts of the garden, dating back to the Georgian era, and we’ve been planting snowdrops there in recent years as part of an annual tradition to keep growing the display into the future.

The best time to plant snowdrops is in late winter when they are in flower, or 'in the green'. Our gardeners and volunteers aim to plant another 20,000 each year in February and we're now extending the display throughout the garden to create a Winter Snowdrop Walk for future years.

Find more information in our Winter Garden Walk leaflet Bodnant Winter Garden Walk (PDF / 2.9755859375MB) download