Where to see snowdrops in Kent: Pretty gardens to visit
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The elusive snowdrop can be hard to find and before you know it, they’re gone again, so we saved you the trouble and found some beautiful spots in Kent to go for a walk among the snowdrops
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The dreamy gardens at early 18th century Goodnestone Park include the fairytale Walled Garden; the Woodland Garden, which boasts swathes of flowers interspersed with trees; and terraced lawns that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen, a frequent visitor to Goodnestone, through the snowdrops that spring up on the estate during February. Afterwards, enjoy tea and homemade cake.
Church Lane, Sittingbourne
Doddington Place and Gardens is a striking red brick Victorian manor house and historical landscaped gardens surrounded by the countryside and woodland of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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The estate is ten acres in total and gardens include the Woodland Garden, the Sunk Garden and the Edwardian Rock Garden.
Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone
Mother and daughter duo Carolyn and Julie have created a stunning snow drop garden in the form of Spring Platt in Maidstone with views over the Weald of Kent.
Having been inspired to collect snowdrops in 2003, the collection has grown to over 600 varieties, many of which can be seen in their swathes in February.
Biddenden Road, Cranbrook
The historic Sissinghurst Castle estate is comprised of 460 acres of meadows and woodland and was originally used as a prison in the mid-18th century.
The estate will be scattered in little white flowers to discover as you take in the fresh early spring air. Once you have finished, pay a visit to the cafe which serves organic food sourced feet away from the onsite garden.
Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks
The estate and gardens at Ightham Mote are open throughout February for visitors eager to welcome the spring with a snowdrop walk.
The moated house, with its asymmetrical exterior as a testament to its evolving history, was originally built in the 1300s and makes the perfect backdrop while enjoying a tranquil walk spotting the nodding white snowdrop heads as you go.
105 Ashford Road, Faversham
The private garden Copton Ash in Faversham was augmented from a cherry orchard and will be open for the National Gardens Scheme’s Snowdrop Festival.
The garden will be dotted with snowdrops and lots of fascinating flora including specially curated beds of alpine plants, which the owner has a particular interest in, to capture the eye of those with a green thumb.
The private garden at Knowle Hill Farm in the village of Ulcombe is blooming year round with lavender and roses in the summer while cyclamen and hellebores will mingle with snowdrops in early spring.
The arresting Kentish countryside will provide breathtaking views over the Weald and North Downs as you enjoy the little white heads of snowdrops.
Click here for more gardens that are opening through the National Garden Scheme this year