Our guide to the National Garden Scheme 2022 Snowdrop Festival

Published:
12:52 3 February 2022



The crisp air and the beautiful first signs of spring are a reminder of the changing seasons and the promise of what’s to come.

It’s time to shake up winter with the National Garden Scheme 2022 Snowdrop Festival!

These glorious harbingers of the wonderful garden life to come can be admired in three Cambridgeshire gardens throughout February.


Clover Cottage
– Credit: PENNY MILES

It will be the third lucky time on Saturday the 12th for Caldrees Manor in Ickleton, with its first snowdrop opening as part of the program.

Caldrees had planned to show his stunning snowdrop exhibit in February 2020, but Storm Dennis paid for it.

The confinement in 2021 again stopped the opening.


Clover Cottage

Clover Cottage
– Credit: PENNY MILES

This garden is a must for snowdrop enthusiasts, with over 20 acres to explore and carpets of snowdrops at every turn.

The winter scene also allows you to appreciate the structure of this magnificent garden.

Next weekend, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, offers a chance to see over 100 years of snowdrops, aconites and daffodils at Landwade Hall, Exning.


Horned caldrees and hares

Horned caldrees and hares
– Credit: PENNY MILES

This follows its very successful first opening under the National Garden Scheme last spring.

This four-acre garden, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, includes a small 15and private century-old church, moat and former foundations of the original house on this site.

In West Wickham, Clover Cottage will also open on Sunday the 20th from 2-4pm, to show off its stunning display of snowdrops combined with winter aconites, hellebores and miniature narcissus.


Landwade beside the moat

Landwade beside the moat
– Credit: PENNY MILES

This garden has attracted international attention for its beautiful cottage-style planting. It will also open on February 27 and March 6. Plants will be for sale.

Cambridgeshire County Organiser, Jenny Marks, said: “Following the restrictions of the past two years, there has never been more need to start the New Year with the lovely freshness of the first spring flowers.

“And, on a wintry day, there’s nothing better than visiting an iridescent garden with one of the first flowering plants of the year.


Clover Cottage

Clover Cottage
– Credit: PENNY MILES

“Whether you like carpets of naturalized white flowers in the woods or gardens offering a colorful mix of snowdrops, hellebores and other early spring flowers, there is something for galanthophiles and lovers of garden here in Cambridgeshire during our Snowdrop Festival this year.”

Visitors can pay at the door for the opening of Clover Cottage and the main Caldrees Mansion on February 12.

Or pre-book online via https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/37772 and https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/22342


Horned

Horned
– Credit: PENNY MILES

Tickets should be pre-booked for Landwade Hall, to help manage parking, via: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42422

The Cambridgeshire Snowdrop Openings are among 111 gardens due to open with the scheme in 2022 between February and October, including 26 new gardens.


Caldrees in early spring

Caldrees in early spring
– Credit: PENNY MILES


Portrait of Landwade

Portrait of Landwade
– Credit: PENNY MILES

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