Northern Ireland’s 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, Winter Walks, 13 - 28 February, 12 noon - 5pm
Join us for a walk this winter and enjoy landscapes at their seasonal best. This year the ranger team have been busy planting 3000 daffodil bulbs and 1000 snowdrop bulbs which will be starting to breakthrough showing the promise that spring is on its way, with a magnificent display of snowdrops from the beginning of February. Normal admission, National Trust members’ free admission
Springhill, Sunday Snowdrop Walks, 7 21, 28 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
Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery, 20 & 27 Feb, 2 - 4pm
Ballyrobert has one of the largest private collections of snowdrop varieties available for public viewing in Northern Ireland. Learn how to use these wonderful flowers to best effect in the gardens and see how they are propagated, planted and maintained. In addition, this is also an opportunity to see other spring beauties including fabulous hellebores.
Admission – Adult £6 which includes afternoon tea
For more events in Northern Ireland visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/events