Join us at Thenford for one of our highly anticipated snowdrop walks to enjoy the extensive collection of over 600 different snowdrop species and cultivars this February. Book tickets here
“Lord and Lady Heseltine have created a garden of major importance at Thenford, one of the most impressive, varied and fascinating to have been made over the last forty years anywhere in the world.”
– Charles Quest-Ritson, Country Life, March 2019
Snowdrops have grown in Thenford’s woodlands and church yard for decades, carpeting the ground with a wash of white flowers each February.
Lord and Lady Heseltine were encouraged by Henry and Carolyn Elwes of Colesbourne Park to broaden their collection of snowdrops in the Nineties. These were planted beneath the magnificent ash tree, west of the walled garden. The ash tree acted as a nursery for a small collection of named cultivars until their numbers had increased.
Since May 2014 Deputy Head Gardener and Galanthophile Emma Thick has been instrumental in expanding the collection to its current size. We currently grow over 600 different species and cultivars.
In recent years we have focused on moving and dividing the existing clumps into better locations to create snowdrop walks through parts of the garden. We have been opening the garden for the snowdrop days each in February since 2016.
We are currently building up our Autumn collection of Snowdrops, a few of which can be seen on our Autumn Open days in October.