The snowdrops have arrived and we've located the best drifts to visit near you. Some of our top snowdrops spots haven't been able to open yet this year, so if you know a secret location, please let us know in the comments below and remember to keep it local.
One of our all time favourites for spotting snowdrops, as there’s plenty of space for little ones to run around and enjoy the carpets of white. You can spot over 80 varieties of snowdrop in this 60-acre woodland, including local variety the Evenley Double. Open every day from 1 Feb.
Canons Ashby are scheduled to re-open their ornate gates on 13 Feb, just in time to catch the flurry of snowdrops and crocuses that grace the pretty flowerbeds and wooded glades. You will need to book your visit in advance but this is a delightfully tranquil spot to enjoy the fresh air and signs of spring popping up through the soil.
67-69 High Street Finedon, National Gardens Scheme
The National Gardens Scheme allows members of the public to visit exceptional private gardens otherwise closed to the public, with proceeds going to a range of good causes. The lovely gardens of this 17th century cottage in Finedon, one of our Best Places to Live, span a third of an acre and are at their peak in early spring as a riot of snowdrops and hellebores jostle for position. You will need to book your visit in advance. Open on Sunday 28 Feb.
Boughton House, nr. Kettering
Opening under the National Garden Scheme for one day only on 28 Feb, the spectacular grounds at the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch boast a historic walled garden and herbaceous borders filled with spring bulbs. Head to the Wilderness Woodland for drifts of snowdrops. Advance booking is essential by arrangement with the owners.
National Trust Stowe, Bucks
And there we were thinking Stowe Landscape Gardens, just over the border in Bucks, couldn’t get any more picturesque. Stowe loves its snowdrops, or should I say Stowedrops (their pun, not mine!), with the vast landscape gardens usually carpeted until the end of Feb. Hit up the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden to see the best of them.