'Stowedrop' watch

Close up picture of snowdrops

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.

We hope you're as excited for our 2018 #StowedropWatch as we are. Check this article for live updates as we track the spread of the buds and blooms throughout the gardens and parkland, and share images of your winter walks at Stowe on our social media pages. 

Latest updates

14 Mar 18

Snowdrop season is over

The 'Stowedrop' season is over for another year. Thank you for following our updates and sharing your photos.

Old snowdrops at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

30 Jan 18

The snowdrops are out in force

The lovely snowdrops are now out in force. There are lots to be seen in the Elysian Fields along towards the Grotto, in Lamport, and in Sleeping Wood, as well as other spots around the garden. Head to Visitor Welcome on your next visit and pick up a leaflet to let you know where the best Stowedrop spotting areas are.

The snowdrops at Stowe are affectionately known as Stowedrops

26 Jan 18

The carpets are beginning to form

We are getting some lovely carpets of snowdrops in Lamport garden and the Elysian Fields now. Sleeping Wood is also a top spot where you can see snowdrops joined by their colourful neighbours of Cyclamen and Winter aconites.

The carpets of snowdrops begin to appear in Lamport garden at Stowe, Buckinghamshire