Cliveden's snowdrop watch

Snowdrops Cliveden

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. The leaflet containing the walk route is available for you to pick up from the Info Centre in the Walled Garden car park.

Latest updates

24 Jan 20

Other varieties of snowdrops popping up

Did you know there are four varieties of snowdrop at Cliveden? Some other varieties are popping their heads through the earth now, so why not come for a visit and see which of these four varieties you can spot. In the Water Garden are Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’. These flower earlier than our other snowdrops. They are much taller than the other varieties, with elongated flowers. The common snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis can be found throughout the formal gardens, and Galanthus elwesii can be seen close to the Rose Garden. Our gardens team have discovered through their research that the double snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno', which can be seen in the Water Garden and scattered about, was heavily planted here at Cliveden by the Astor family.

new snowdrops at Cliveden 2020

21 Jan 20

The first snowdrops of 2020 have arrived at Cliveden

The first snowdrops of 2020 have arrived at Cliveden, heralding the arrival of spring. The first variety to flower is the Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ and can be seen blanketing one of the beds in the Water Garden.

First snowdrops 2020

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