Snowdrops at Bodnant Garden

Snowdrops growing in a woodland

In late winter there are snowdrops as far as the eye can see at Bodnant Garden and with a little help from you there will be many more for future generations to enjoy.

Nothing brightens up a frosty winter walk like the sight of native snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, and our meadows and woods at Bodnant Garden are carpeted with their dainty, nodding white flower heads in January and February.

Their name comes from the Greek gala (meaning ‘milk’) anthos (meaning ‘flower’) and nivalis (meaning 'of the snow'.) The plants naturalise and spread readily and are a common sight in our British woodlands, and back gardens - a welcome first sign of coming spring.

Help us create a Snowdrop Walk

For the past few years our gardeners and volunteers have been planting 20,000 common snowdrops each year in the Old Park meadow to grow the display, in what's become an annual tradition. This year we're planting in Furnace Wood and Meadow and we hope to eventually create a Snowdrop Walk right trough the garden.

You can lend us a hand during half term 2020 from Monday-Thursday, February 17-20. There’s no cost (apart from the normal entry fee to the garden) and no need to book. It's something all the family can enjoy and the plants and equipment are provided. Just drop by between 11am-1pm, plant as many or as few as you like, then come back next year and see your hard work flowering.

As well as common snowdrops in the woods and meadows we have more unusual species for you to admire in our Winter Garden in January and February, among the wonderful display of seasonal plants. Pick up a Winter Garden Walk leaflet from the Visitor Centre when you arrive, or see our web trail for more information, and inspiration: Bodnant Winter Garden Walk (PDF / 2.9755859375MB) download  

Snowdrop planting
Family snowdrop planting
Snowdrop planting