Snowdrops in Spring


Monday, 14 February 2022 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Guided Tour of Snowdrops at Colesbourne Gardens, Colesbourne Park, Nr Cheltenham, Gloucester. GL53 9NP

Galanthus elwesii

We have booked Valentines Day for our first visit of 2022 to see the extensive collection of Snowdrops at Colesbourne Gardens.

This garden features a vast array of different Snowdrops, originally planted by Henry John Elwes, that has extended over the years to some 350 varieties within the estate. We will be taken on a private tour of this collection by the present owner Sir Henry Elwes and his head gardener Shane Ball.

The gardens comprise approximately 10 acres of formal snowdrop walks around the house and lake, with further parkland and an arboretum around the house to explore further afield.

Colesbourne Park is renowned as one of the best places to see large groups of choice snowdrops. According to Country Life (1999) it is ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden.’

The tour includes a short presentation that includes the history of Colesbourne Park and the Elwes family and a brief introduction to the amazing diversity of snowdrops. This is followed by a guided walk around the grounds, giving the opportunity to see both the massed plantings and the collection of rare snowdrops. Coffee & tea with  biscuits will be served at the end of the tour.

The garden is accessible for all from the paths.

Be warned there are plant sales!

There is much to see on their website – – but nothing beats a visit!

Full details will be published soon but pre booking can be made by responding to Peter Hills using the email [email protected].