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Please see the details on Hodsock Priory; home to a wonderful Snowdrop display (and in response to an invitation to forward a guest blogpost).
The aim is to cheer us all up in the deep of the winter!
This information is from the team at Hodsock Priory in North Nottinghamshire and includes an image courtesy of Ryan Browne photography.
Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Worksop, Notts, S81 0TY
T 01909 591204 M 07866 515111
Hodsock’s renowned winter gardens are nestled within the Buchanan family’s 800 acre estate which includes more than 100 acres of woodland. Four million snowdrops cover around five acres of the estate, including naturalised collections, established displays and lawns packed with tiny white flowers.
Snowdrops at Hodsock opens daily from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 4th February to Sunday 5th March 2017. Admission is £5 for adults, £4.50 for groups of 10+, £1 for children over 6, and infants and wheelchair users are admitted free of charge.
Details and advance tickets are available at
Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory 2017 Open daily from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 4th February to Sunday 5th March 2017. Admission £5 for adults, £4.50 for groups of 10+, £1 for children over 6, infants and wheelchair users free. Full details and advance tickets available at http://www.snowdrops.co.uk
Hodsock’s renowned winter gardens are nestled within the Buchanan family’s 800 acre estate which includes more than 100 acres of woodland. Four million snowdrops cover around five acres of the estate, including natural collections, established displays and lawns packed with tiny white flowers. A number of Galanthus species are featured including:
Galanthus Sam Arnot
Galanthus Lady Beatrix Stanley (named after Sir Andrew Buchanan’s Grandmother)
Galanthus Barbara’s Double (named after Sir Andrew’s Mother)
Galanthus Bill Bishop
Galanthus Brenda Troyle
Galanthus Hill Poe
Galanthus Robin Hood
Galanthus Nivalis double
Galanthus Nivalis single
Surrounding the 19th century house are five acres of formal gardens, landscaped in the 1820s. Beyond the North Lawn and over the stream, the 12 acre Horsepasture Wood, established pre-1725, is home to veteran oak trees that are over 400 years old.
The formal gardens will be awash with winter blooms during February and aside from snowdrops, the popular and mostly fragrant plant species include: hellebores, cyclamen, aconites, irises, acers, cornus, sarcococca, winter honeysuckle.
There’s a well signed walk around the gardens which can be accessed by wheelchair or buggy, with short cuts for those who are less mobile, and walk extensions for those wanting to roam the woodland. Extended walks around the estate and local area are signposted. Routes across grassland and woodland can get very muddy which can be challenging for wheelchairs, motorised vehicles and pushchairs.
Welcome refreshments are available in the heated and windowed Marquee Tea Room near the Gatehouse. Every day homemade food from Ann Wright and her trusty team will be served, from cream teas, cakes and sandwiches, to warming soups and pie and peas.
Meanwhile the outdoor Woodland Café is open each day serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bacon and sausage sandwiches by the roaring camp fire – also the place for picnicking and meeting for the daily history talk.
Ninth generation resident and General Manager, George Buchanan, and his estate team enjoy giving daily talks and tours of the gardens, during Snowdrops at Hodsock. Visitors to the daily history talk will learn the secrets of Hodsock’s colourful past and how Snowdrops at Hodsock came to be. As 2016 is the 25th year of opening to the public, this is a momentous time for the family.
Children are always welcome at Hodsock either enjoying a run round the parkland, trying out the balancing posts in the woodland play area, or following the ‘Can you find it in the Garden?’ game.
Our open air plant sale is a must for all visitors. Whether you are looking for winter blooms, potting plants, hardy perennials or small shrubs and trees, we stock a collection of quality, well maintained products. We’re pleased to welcome professional gardeners’ Floral Media back to Hodsock in 2016 to stock and run our Snowdrop Plant Sale and Gift Shop. Take a piece of Hodsock home with you by purchasing one of our snowdrop bulbs.
The Gift Shop offers a range of gifts and souvenirs from your visit to Hodsock and Paula and Steve Routledge who run the shop are also on hand to offer gardening hints and tips.
Toilets, including disabled access and baby change, are available on site in addition to plenty of free parking.