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 16,000 new bulbs expected to flower at Mottisfont in Hampshire, to our famous 'Stowedrops' in Buckinghamshire, here are some of the best places to see them.

Close up picture of snowdrops

Winter in the garden at Mottisfont 

White clusters of snowdrops emerge around our grounds from January, nestled beside the font stream along the river walk. To complement our existing displays we've planted around 16,000 new bulbs to flower in 2018. A new path will meander around the areas of these newly-planted snowdrops, an ancient buxus plantation and along the banks of the stream.

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.

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 

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.

A carpet of snowdrops at Winkworth Arboretum

Surrey 

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

snowdrops in the woodland

Nymans 

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.

A frosty winter morning at Sheffield Park and Garden

Sussex 

The first spots of colour start peeking through in our gardens and countryside in winter. There are snowdrops and winter colour to enjoy at Nymans, Petworth and lovely winter walks at Sheffield Park.

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.

Ightham Mote West Tower

Kent 

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.