Snowdrops walks at Rowallane Garden

Snowdrops in bloom at Rowallaen Garden

The early herald of spring is of course the snowdrop, don’t we all love to see those delicate bells appearing above the snow and frost, defying nature!

The small, white, bell-shaped flowers are always a welcoming sight at Rowallane Garden as winter draws to a close. Snowdrops, also known as Galanthus Nivalis, are brave little flowers and the colder the weather, the longer they will last, with some flowering into March.

Not only are the snowdrops brave enough to cope with whatever the weather throws at them. They are also the masters of subtlety. Their blue-grey spears have perforated the damp earth and their shoots have expanded, releasing their delicate, dangling green and white bells.

Snowdrops and Symbolism

The snowdrop particularly symbolises hope in the language of flowers, but look closer again into its natural history spirit. In pagan times the Imbolc Festival (February 2nd) was held, where snowdrops were regarded as the symbol of the festival.

In Christianity the snowdrop was associated with Eve who after being banished from the garden of Eden sat weeping when an angel comforted her. It was snowing and the angel caught a snowflake in his hand and blew on it, when it dropped to the earth it formed the first snowdrop and hope was born.

In its native lands in Europe some scientists have examined the healing benefits where they have discovered that the chemicals produced in the bulb has slowed down the effect of Alzheimer’s disease recently. Snowdrops stand for so many concepts, from purity, simplicity, and grace to hope and fortitude in the face of adversity.

Stroll amongst the Snowdrops at Rowallane Garden
Snowdrops Strolls at Rowallane Garden
Stroll amongst the Snowdrops at Rowallane Garden

Snowdrops at Rowallane Garden

Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the garden and see how many different varieties of snowdrops you can spot. When little else in the bulb world has woken up the snowdrop will defy the cold damp soil.

The delightful display of these pretty winter flowers is a real credit to our gardening team who continually spread the bulbs each year. They have planted over 130,000 bulbs over the past ten years. We have been very fortunate that support from our members and fundraising groups such as the Ulster Garden Scheme have helped fund the planting.

Wrap up warm and take a self-guided tour of the garden. Take in the drifts of Snowdrops and find some welcome assurance that Spring is on the way. You can download a suggested route to see some snowdrops and early signs of spring here. (PDF / 3.3MB) download

Afterwards, come in from the cold, grab a seat and treat yourself to a relaxing cup of coffee in our cafe.

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