Snowdrops in London and the South East

In the gloom of January, snowdrops are the little wonders of nature which can lift our spirits and help carry us through to spring. From seasonal borders at Chartwell in Kent to our famous 'Stowedrops' in Buckinghamshire, here are some of the best places to see them.

Snowdrops at Cliveden

Snowdrop watch at Cliveden 

Snowdrops are one of the first signs of life in gardens after the long winter months. Follow the journey of 'the drop' at Cliveden in Berkshire with live updates.

A display of snowdrops at Petworth in West Sussex


Petworth is normally known for its gnarled and twisted ancient trees but it's also somewhere to catch the first glimpse of spring when swathes of snowdrops blanket the Pleasure Grounds.

snowdrops in the woodland


During wintertime the garden is at rest, but not asleep. Spot snowdrops in the top garden and delicate witch-hazels in the walled garden while buds burst into bloom as winter gives way to early spring.

A view across the fields to the house at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey 

Head Gardener at Polesden Lacey, Jamie Harris, describes Graham Stewart Thomas' winter garden, a hidden masterpiece that comes to life with colour and fragrance in the depths of the winter frost.

The boathouse and lake at Winkworth

Winkworth Arboretum 

Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey is the perfect place to enjoy peaceful seasonal beauty. Thousands of snowdrops pop up in clusters from early February.

Snowdrops at Hughenden, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Thames Valley and Chilterns 

When is a snowdrop not just a snowdrop? When it’s a drift of creamy white lifting our spirits and reminding us that warmer days are not far away.

Ightham Mote West Tower


Join a weekend garden tour at Chartwell to see the season's highlights including snowdrops from late February, pick up an estate walks leaflet at Ightham Mote and enjoy the abundance of snowdrops at Sissinghurst.

A carpet of snowdrops at Winkworth Arboretum


Discover the peace and tranquility of the winter garden at Polesden Lacey and snowdrops on the hillside slopes of Winkworth Arboretum.

A frosty winter morning at Sheffield Park and Garden


Winter brings misty mornings and frosty trees to give the gardens across Sussex a timeless, sculptural beauty. Enjoy the white winter blanket of snowdrops at Nymans and Petworth.