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.
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.
To pick up a snowdrop walk leaflet, you can head to the information centre where there are printed copies or download the leaflet here (PDF / 1.7MB) download
15 Jan 19
Snowdrop season has arrived
07 Jan 19
The first snowdrops mean spring is on its way
Hurrah! The first clump of snowdrops in bloom have been spotted this morning. Gardener Ian saw this lovely lot in the less visited garden, the Illex Grove. This is just a small clump and the rest of the snowdrop bulbs are still quite low in the ground. Keep an eye on this page and we'll update you with the next snowdrop sighting.
01 Jan 19
Snowdrop varieties at Cliveden
If the frost holds off, we can expect a great display of snowdrops. Though our collection may sound small, with only 4 varieties out of a possible 20 species of wild snowdrop, and over 1,000 named cultivars, our collection is still a site to behold. Our varieties include Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus elwesii, Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ and Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Flore Pleno’. Keep an eye out when you visit and see if you can spot them all.