If you haven't been on the snowdrop walk at Cliveden yet, this weekend is the time to do it. The weather is set to be sunny and our opening hours are now 10am to 5.30pm, meaning you can make the most of your membership! Remember not to pick these delicate flowers, in order to help the pollinators (butterflies and bees) that will need these flowers to survive the start of spring. Happy walking and see you next year.
Cliveden's snowdrop watch
Snowdrops are one of the first signs of life in our gardens, despite the harsh winter frost that still lingers. As this little bulb is so loved we've dedicated this page to their remarkable journey. From planting to blossom, you'll find all the insider information you need right here.
To keep the snowdrops from being damaged, we've designed a walk around the estate to take you past all the top snowdrop viewing spots. The walk is on hard-standing paths and is dog-friendly, meaning there's no reason to walk over patches of snowdrops or let dogs into these areas. When the snowdrops first appear, the leaflet containing the walk route will be available for you to pick up from the Info Centre in the Walled Garden car park.
15 Feb 19
The last chance to see the snowdrops
22 Jan 19
Snowdrops in the snow
With the big freeze happening earlier in the week, we were all wondering how the newly budding snowdrops would cope. However, the thick blanket of snow didn't phase these little wonders and, despite their petite stature, they're well equipped to withstand low temperatures. Much like when animals go into hibernation the snowdrops simply slip into 'suspended animation' by slowing down or stopping their growth until the temperatures rise again. Though we've learnt never to underestimate the snowdrops capacity to withstand the harsh elements, the biggest risk still posed to these plants is being trodden on by welly boots and paws.
15 Jan 19
Snowdrop season has arrived
We always expect snowdrops to be one of the first flowers to bloom, but even this is earlier then usual 5th of February arrival. However, to our delight, the first clusters of these pearly white plants have appeared near the Rose Garden gates and Blenheim Lawn. You can pick up a snowdrop walk leaflet, free of charge, from the information centre in the Walled Garden car park.