Snowdrops at Waddesdon

Snowdrops in the gardens at Waddesdon, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Snowdrops (Galanthus) are a welcome sight that spring is just round the corner. We've lots of beautiful displays to see, so use our guide to help you spot them.

Where to spot snowdrops in the gardens

A symbol of hope in British folklore, swathes of these delicate white jewels will light up any winter walk. Translating as ‘milk flower’, these little flowers start to appear en masse from late January, creating a distinctive white blanket across the grounds.

Here are our top spots to see them at Waddesdon…

See swathes of snowdrops in the gardens in February at Waddesdon
Snowdrops in the gardens at Waddesdon, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire
See swathes of snowdrops in the gardens in February at Waddesdon

1) Daffodil Valley

As you walk from the Manor towards the Aviary spot snowdrops popping up at the top of Daffodil Valley and covering the bank on the other side. For an unmissable photo opportunity we recommend capturing the Manor in the background.

2) Between the Aviary, the Rose Garden and Tay Bridge

Following the planting of an additional 83,000 bulbs in 2019 in memory of the late Lady Rothschild, see a swathe of brilliant white snowdrops drift planted below the lime trees. Just passed the Rose Garden lining the path are the stark white stems of the Tibetan bramble with double flowering form of the snowdrop below. Continue on this route deeper into the Winter Garden and you will see the silky, flaking bark of the Tibetan cherry tree competing for attention with the Chinese paperbark maple, which provides a striking contrast with the black leaves of the mondo grass that covers the bare soil.

Snowdrops down Baron's Walk at Waddesdon
Snowdrops at Waddesdon, A National Trust property in Buckingahmshire
Snowdrops down Baron's Walk at Waddesdon

3) Baron’s Walk

Along this secluded wooded walk, single and double flowering snowdrops are prolific and are spreading every year. Snowdrops often grown alongside primroses and with the recent mild condition both can be seen flowering together beneath the shade of majestic trees. Stop and take a moment to enjoy these delicate white flowers that directly translate as ‘milk flower’. They are sometimes also called ‘fair maids of February’.

Spot a white blanket at Tulip Patch at Waddesdon
Snowdrops at Waddesdon, A National Trust property in Buckingahmshire
Spot a white blanket at Tulip Patch at Waddesdon

4) Tulip Patch

Below the Stables find clusters of snowdrops that light up this area of the gardens. Take a seat on a bench and soak up the beauty of these delicate jewels that pepper the countryside.

Eythrope gardens on Waddesdon's estate
Eythrope estate at Waddesdon, A National Trust property in Buckinghamshire
Eythrope gardens on Waddesdon's estate

5) Eythrope

On Waddesdon’s wider estate for the first time ever, there is an opportunity to see this private parkland with a white blanket of snowdrops every Wednesday in February. The woodland garden at Eythrope was developed from informal pleasure grounds adjoining the artificial lake, and snowdrops and winter flowering shrubs have been added more recently to create year-round colour. Find 70 different varieties of these delicate spring bulbs opposite the entrance to the Walled Garden, as well as impressive drifts beneath the canopies of trees in the parkland.

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Snowdrops are the highlight of winter landscapes, so wrap up warm and remind yourself that spring is round the corner by enjoying a walk in the spectacular setting of Waddesdon.

The grounds re-open on Sat 1 February 2020.