Snow­drops cre­ate ‘spec­tac­u­lar sight’

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Sharon Lip­trott

Swathes of snow­drops a are set to de­light at beau­ti­ful gar­dens across Dumfries and Gal­loway.

Blos­som­ing now to March 1 11, the Scot­tish Snow­drop Fes­ti­val will this year fea­ture 50 events na­tion­wide dis­play­ing car­pets of snow­drops in gar­dens and wood­lands, sig­nalling the end of win­ter and the prom­ise of sp spring.

Keen gar­den own­ers in D Dumfries and Gal­loway are jo join­ing in again this year sh show­ing the ver­sa­til­ity and h har­di­ness of this clas­sic win­ter flow­er­ing plant grow­ing in a great range of lo lo­ca­tions.

GThe pub­lic can ex­pect to see spec­tac­u­lar white car­pets of Galan­thus – to give the snow­drop its botan­i­cal name – for a small ticket price, a do­na­tion or for free at the fes­ti­val which is be­ing or­gan­ised by Dis­cover Scot­tish Gar­dens and sup­ported by VisitS­cot­land and Scot­land’s Gar­den Scheme.

Cat h e rine Er s k i n e, chair­man of Dis­cover Scot­tish Gar­dens and founder of the fes­ti­val, said: “Many of the fes­ti­val venues are within the grounds of some of Dumfries and Gal­loway’s most his­toric build­ings with beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. Adding snow­drops to th­ese land­scapes cre­ates a spec­tac­u­lar sight for any vis­i­tor.”

Tak­ing part un­der the Scot­land’s Gar­den’s Scheme in the re­gion – which will do­nate cash from ticket sales to a num­ber of wor­thy causes in­clud­ing Mag­gies Cen­tres – are: Craig at Langholm; Craich­law at Kirk­cowan; Cas­tle Kennedy and Gar­dens near Stran­raer; plus Bar­whin­nock House at Twyn­holm; Brooklands at Crock­et­ford; and Danevale Park, Cross­michael.

Craig, which lies three miles from Langholm on the B709 to­wards Eskdale­muir, is open­ing for one day only on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, from noon to 4pm, thanks to own­ers Neil and Sally Ewart who have planted a large va­ri­ety of snow­drops over the past 30 years.

Vis­i­tors will be able to see large drifts of Leu­co­jum ver­num (Win­ter Snowflake) right down to­wards the river, wood­lands full of snow­drops, and a pop­u­lar walk. Teas will be served in Bent­path Hall.

Also open­ing for the fes­ti­val are Broughton House in Kirkcud­bright and the Royal Botanic Gar­den Ed­in­burgh’s re­gional site in Port Lo­gan which in 2017 had its high­est vis­i­tor fig­ures in 10 years.

Each venue across the re­gion will be host­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and snow­drop walks for all the fam­ily with Cas­tle Kennedy of­fer­ing a snow­drops trail, two lochs and two cas­tles over 75 acres.

VisitS­cot­land re­gional di­rec­tor Paula Ward said: “Dumfries and Gal­loway’s gar­dens are a huge draw for vis­i­tors with record num­bers of peo­ple through the doors to Lo­gan Botanic Gar­dens last year.

“Th e fes­ti­val also pro­vides a wel­come boost for at­trac­tions dur­ing a tra­di­tion­ally qui­eter pe­riod of the year and a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­nesses to use this wellestab­lished fes­ti­val to tell their cus­tomers that they are open for busi­ness and it is never too early to visit the re­gion.

“I would also en­cour­age peo­ple in Dumfries and Gal­loway to get out and about to en­joy this great sea­sonal sight in some of the re­gion’s most stun­ning houses, gar­dens and es­tates.”

For de­tails of all the gar­dens and grounds tak­ing part in the Scot­tish S nowd ro p Fes­ti­val 2018, visit www. dis­cov­er­scot­tish­gar­dens. org or www.visits­cot­land. com/snow­drop.

Tak­ing part Brooklands at Crock­et­ford Pro­mot­ing tourism Paula Ward of VisitS­cot­land

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Car­pet of snow­drops Port Lo­gan Gar­den is ready for fes­ti­val vis­i­tors

Snow­drop Fes­ti­val favourite Danevale Park, Cross­michael

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