Each year the National Garden Scheme starts the garden visiting season with its inspirational Snowdrop and Spring Flower gardens. Hundreds of gardens sprinkled with snowdrops – these delightful harbingers of spring – and wonderful, colour contrasting spring blooms including the bright gold of aconites and soft purple of crocus, open their gates to the public from late January through February and into March.
After the long, dark winter months, the appearance of these beautiful early spring flowers really lifts the spirits and heralds the start of all the wonderful gardens to come. Year on year more and more people discover the joys of these late winter / early spring garden visits, many of which are accompanied by tea and cake or a warming bowl of soup! Our expert garden owners are also on hand to share their top tips of how to grow snowdrops with many selling a good selection of varieties too.George Plumptre, Chief Executive, National Garden Scheme
Over 100 snowdrop gardens open their gates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of this wonderful celebration of the new garden visiting season. A full list is available on the National Garden Scheme website. Below is the list of our Kent snowdrop gardens:
- Spring Platt, Maidstone – Pre-booking essential: 21, 24 and 28 January, and 1 and 4 February. Also open by arrangement* from 19 January to 16 February. Click here for more information
- Knowle Hill Farm, Maidstone – Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February. Also open by arrangement*. Click here for more information
- Copton Ash, Faversham – Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 February. Also open by arrangement*. Click here for more information
- Doddington Place, Sittingbourne – Sunday 25 February – Click here for more information
- The Old Rectory, Fawkham – Open by arrangement* throughout February – Click here for more information
- NEW GARDEN: Fairseat Manor, Sevenoaks – Open by arrangement* 10 February to 10 March. Click here for more information.
To see the full list of all of our Kent Snowdrop and Spring Flower gardens that open from late January to the end of March, please click here .
*By arrangement means that visitors can contact the garden owner to arrange a time and day that suits them to visit. These gardens cater for individuals and groups.
For images for the six Kent Snowdrop gardens mentioned click here: Kent Gardens – early openers 2024 (smugmug.com)
About the National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, and raises impressive amounts of money for some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.
Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated more than £67 million to our beneficiary charities, and in 2022 made donations of over £3 million. Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, we are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2017, we launched our annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic. Our funding also supports the training of gardeners and offers respite to horticultural workers who have fallen on difficult times.
To find your perfect garden, visit ngs.org.uk, download the National Garden Scheme app or purchase the National Garden Scheme’s Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via ngs.org.uk/shop and at all good book retailers.
For more see www.ngs.org.uk