The versatility of the snowdrop means that they grow in a wide range of locations; you can see over 300 varieties of this delicate white flower by visiting the Snowdrop Festival gardens.
With around 50 venues taking part across Scotland’s mainland, from the grand gardens of Blair Castle to the historic grounds of Dryburgh Abbey, there is plenty for you to see.
Some of the gardens are not usually open to the public and this is the perfect opportunity to see behind the walls of the country’s hidden treasures.
This year’s festival runs from 2 February to 17 March. Garden opening times and dates may vary, please check the events listings and plan your visit to a winter wonderland.
Please be aware that dates published for snowdrop openings are ‘general’ as, unfortunately, snowdrops do not flower to order and their flowering can be dependent on which part of the country they are growing in and indeed the variations in our climate.
As a general rule, snowdrops arrive two weeks earlier in the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway than in the east of Scotland and those growing further north and/or on higher ground can be later still. Bearing this in mind it may be advisable to telephone the gardens you are interested in visiting to check.
If you would like to visit one of the gardens listed but you are unable to visit during Snowdrop season, please contact the individual garden directly for details of opening times during the rest of the year.