Discover Wallington's snowdrops

One of the best things about this time of year is venturing outdoors on a crisp day to explore frosty landscapes and discover waking wildlife. And if you time it right, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful displays of snowdrops (and other spring bulbs too) in the garden and woodland at Wallington.

As the first bulbs to bloom each year, these delicate white flowers transform the woodland floors and add colour to any walk.

So, if you’re looking for fresh air and a brisk walk, take the opportunity to pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and stretch your legs with a snowdrop spotting stroll at Wallington.

As you walk round the courtyard look out for drifts of the common snowdrop as well as a few special varieties such as the 'Sandersii’, which have sulphur yellow markings instead of green. Then seek out the 'Flore Pleno’ snowdrops, which have double the amount of petals of their counterparts, before crossing the road to soak up the atmosphere of the tranquil East Wood.

Early signs of a changing season
An enchanting carpet of white will appear on the woodland floor through the East wood, as the thousands of snowdrops planted by the public and Wallington's gardening team start flowering.
 
Back in February 2015, visitors were invited to help the Wallington team plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs and hundreds of people rallied round to help with the mammoth task - all 100,000 bulbs were planted in just nine days over the hald-ter, holiday. This February activity is now a well-loved tradition and last year, we planted in the North woods, along the new car park entrance drive as well as the woodland areas north of the Clocktower. This is now an impressive sight with the delicate white flowers carpeting the woodland floor.
 
This year, another 100,000 of these beautiful flowers will be planted, which takes the running total up to 500,000! We're heading back to the East woods this time and we need your help. Come along during February half-term, dress for mess and enjoy helping us to look after and enhance Wallington's gardens.
 
Mother and daughter planting snowdrops at Wallington
Mother and daughter planting snowdrops at Wallington
Mother and daughter planting snowdrops at Wallington

Don't miss the Walled Garden

For even more snowdrops, venture into the walled garden and discover the Orchard Square (otherwise known as the Nuttery), a secluded area filled with snowdrops and emerging crocus. This colourful corner will brighten the dullest day.

Be sure to visit the beautiful Edwardian Conservatory on the terrace too. Originally created as a covered winter garden, it is home to a colourful array of plants throughout the year, including the Cymbidium orchid, Primula malacoides and Veltheimia bracteata.

Take in the fragrant smell and look out for the friendly resident robin who likes to make an appearance along with his wren friends.

A growing attraction

As well as all the snowdrops, 100,000 crocus will start to appear on the lawns in the walled garden later in the spring so keep checking the website and social media for updates and time your visit to see this extraordinary spectacle just right.

View of Wallington crocus lawn in the walled garden