Cliveden's snowdrop watch

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Snowdrops Cliveden

This page is from our 2019 snowdrop season, which is now over. Check this page next January 2020 for the next installment. 

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.

Latest updates

15 Feb 19

The last chance to see the snowdrops

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.

Snowdrops Cliveden

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.

Snowdrops in the snow

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.

Snowdrops Cliveden 2019