Snowdrops at Winkworth Arboretum

Snowdrops at Winkworth

A welcome sight in the gloomy days of winter, snowdrops are a symbol of hope and new beginnings. The small, graceful flowers are a true pleasure to behold on a winter walk at Winkworth Arboretum.

If you're looking for snowdrops but want to avoid the crowds, Winkworth is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful seasonal beauty. Thousands of snowdrops appear around the Arboretum from early February onwards, or earlier in mild winters, a sure sign that spring is on it's way.

Where to look

The best displays can be found outside the tea-room, where you can see a lawn of common snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), and along the Upper Arboretum and Spring Walk. Many of them have been seeded by our wonderful team of volunteers, who provide an invaluable back up to the gardening team here at Winkworth.

Withstanding the cold

Snowdrops are particularly hardy and can survive through cold snaps and frost due to their in-built natural anti-freeze. This helps to prevent ice crystals from forming. Even if they do collapse during frosty spells, the plants soon recover once the tempreature rises. 

Seasonal walks

To find out more about Winkworth's snowdrops and other winter highlights, join one of the regular seasonal walks around the Arboretum. They run twice a month and are free for visitors.

Spring colour

Look carefully and you'll be able to spot plenty of winter flowers on display in the Arboretum during January and February. Witch hazel and camellia provide delicate blooms, decorating the Winter Garden. And you may spy some early flowering daffodils, lighting up the Arboretum with flashes of bright colour.  

Girl looking at daffodils at Winkworth Arboretum
Families at Winkworth Arboretum's Big Camp

Join us for a guided walk at Winkworth Arboretum 

Our friendly volunteer guides run regular tours of the Arboretum giving you a great chance to discover more about this renowned collection of trees and shrubs. Check our events listing for the latest information.