Northern Ireland’s First Snowdrop Celebration
Snowdrops are the first signs of life after the long winter months and this February for the first time, gardens across Northern Ireland are celebrating the arrival of Spring with Snowdrop Open Days. This is the perfect opportunity to explore some of our gardens and enjoy the great outdoors. Indeed, there is something magical about a walk when snowdrops carpet the ground.
Privately owned gardens such as Benvarden Garden and Ballyrobert Cottage Garden, both members of the Antrim Garden Trail, and some National Trust properties will be opening their gates and welcoming visitors. Most venues also offer the chance to warm up with a cup of tea, at some venues visitors will have the opportunity to purchase plants and bulbs or support local charities.
Definitely worth exploring are the three acres of gardens and lawns at Corick House Hotel and Spa in County Tyrone. As well as snowdrops, daffidils, azealas, camillas and even fushias are starting to show. While you're there, enjoy morning coffee, afternoon tea or a full meal. Pre-booked Groups are welcome.
So there’s a mass of Snowdrop inspired things to see and do Northern Ireland this month. Get planning your Snowdrop Day Out or Snowdrop Short Break now!
The Argory, Snowdrop walks, 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 February, 12 noon - 5pm
This spectacular riverside estate has a stunning display of snowdrops and other beautiful spring bulbs throughout February. Snowdrop self-guided walks run every Saturday and Sunday in the month. Enjoy a stroll through the grounds with the stunning backdrop of sweeping vistas. Snowdrop plants will also be available to buy in the shop and children can enjoy the adventure playground. After a self-guided walk through the blankets of wonderful snowdrops, enjoy a warm refreshment in the Courtyard Coffee Shop.
Normal admission, National Trust members’ free admission
Springhill, Sunday snowdrop walks, 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 1pm - 5pm
As winter melts away, take a self-guided walk through Springhill’s glorious display of snowdrops on Sundays throughout February. This charming 17th-century home and parkland is full of tempting way marked paths. Treat yourself to a hot drink in the Visitor Centre or Servant’s Hall Tea-room and pick up an essential read in the second hand bookshop.Normal admission, National Trust members’ free admission
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, Snowdrop walk, 15 - 16 February, 12 noon - meet at Bishop’s Gate.
Enjoy a guided walk with the ranger to discover what goes on behind the scenes of Downhill Demesne whilst surrounded by carpets of snowdrops. The gardens at Bishop’s Gate offer a fantastic spectacle with the lower glen and banks of the bog garden carpeted in a profusion of snowdrops.
Admission - Adult £2, including National Trust members
Benvarden Garden, 16 Feb, 11am - 4:30pm
Enjoy a stroll through woodlands and the showy snowdrop displays at Benvarden, the grounds sweep in front of the house down to the River Bush. Afternoon teas in aid of the British Heart Foundation will be served in the converted tearoom in the cobbled stable yard.
Admission – Adult £2
Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery, 22 – 23 Feb, 2 - 5pm
Ballyrobert has one of the largest private collections of snowdrop varieties available for public viewing in Northern Ireland. Guided walks, afternoon teas, planting and propagation demonstrations will be offer. There will also be an opportunity to purchase some rarer varieties.
Admission – Adult £6 which includes afternoon tea
For more events in Northern Ireland visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/events