'Stowedrop' season

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy

It won’t be long before you see the gardens bursting with snowdrops or as we fondly like to call them ‘Stowedrops’. Enjoy chilly walks in the New Year to spot the early signs of them peeping through as they develop in the masses throughout the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden.

Spreading throughout the gardens our snowdrops can last until the end of February - all depending on the weather which has been very changeable over the last few years. Well, it does keep the gardeners on their toes! For many people they hold a common symbolism of purity, hope and rebirth – timed perfectly for New Year.

Their true origin can be traced across the world to Southern Russia, Turkey and Southern Europe. It is widely believed that the first great plant hunters, the Elizabethans, introduced them to this country. There are no records of when snowdrops first appeared at Stowe; our gardeners believe they occurred naturally. Pleasing on the eye, they must have won somebody's favour to remain in a landscape designed mostly without flowers, and year after year they give seasonal delight.

A picture of a map showing the areas of the gardens at Stowe where snowdrops bloom

'Stowedrop' season

You can explore and create your own path through the gardens to find the snowdrops highlighted on this map.

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Images of past 'Stowedrop' seasons

Carpets of snowdrops in the Elysian Fields
An image at National Trust Stowe. Snowdrops cover the grass along a bank of the Worthies River. Small flowers only just taller than the length of your fingers, they have delicate silky white flowers that hang from the stem.
'Stowedrops' develop along the banks below The Temple of Ancient Virtue
White snowdrops blank the grassy bank below the Temple of Vitue