Fabulous drifts of snowdrops will be on display at York Gate Garden near Leeds, which opens to visitors for its snowdrop festival from 16 – 24 February. Following its first ever and very successful snowdrop evet last year, the charming one-acre garden in Adel opens its gates again to visitors and galanthophiles during February. The garden is owned and run by Perennial, the charity that helps people in horticulture whenever they are facing tough times.
Visitors will be able to see a range of different snowdrop varieties including Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ (a favourite of Robin Spencer, the garden’s creator) and the yellow flowering Galanthus ‘Wendy’s Gold’. Installations of the Japanese art of ‘Kokedama’ will also be hanging at focal points around the garden, showing off some of the more quirky and unusual ways snowdrops can be displayed.
Specialist snowdrop breeder Anne Wright from Dryad Nursery in Tockwith, North Yorkshire will be holding an evening lecture ‘Make more of your snowdrops’, on Wednesday 20th February. Her talk will show how best to plant, propagate and breed these beautiful winter gems. Tickets for the talk are available in advance at shop.perennial.org.uk. Anne will be selling rare and unusual snowdrop varieties on Saturday 23rd February in the garden.
Coinciding with February half term week for many schools, visiting the garden makes a great winter family outing. The warm and inviting tearoom will be open for lunches, afternoon teas and home-baked treats, as well as the gift shop. York Gate’s gardeners, supported by a team of volunteers, will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer any questions. Designed in the Arts & Crafts style, York Gate is regarded as one of the UK’s best small gardens and was created by the Spencer family during the 20th century. It is designed around a series of 14 outdoor rooms, each with its own unique character, laid out on a framework of yew and beech hedges and York Stone and granite paths. Its intimate scale makes it particularly appealing and visitors during snowdrop week will have the rare opportunity to explore the garden during the winter when it is usually closed. Visitor Information:
Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th February, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Entry Prices: Standard admission £6.00
Children (16 and under): Free
For further information visit: www.yorkgate.org.uk
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