Snowdrops create ‘spectacular sight’
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
Carpet of snowdrops Port Logan Garden is ready for festival visitors
Snowdrop Festival favourite Danevale Park, Crossmichael