Snowdrops at Bodnant Garden
In February there are snowdrops as far as the eye can see at Bodnant Garden and with a little help from our visitors there will soon be many more.
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'.) They naturalise and spread readily and are a common sight in our British woodlands, and back gardens - a welcome first sign of coming spring.
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, from Monday-Thursday, February 18-21, and Monday to Thursday, February 25-28. 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 in an ever-growing spectacle.
As well as common snowdrops in the woods and meadows we've got more unusual species for you to admire in our Winter Garden, 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.