9 of the best places to see snowdrops in Kent in 2022
- Credit: Great Comp Garden / Vikki Rimmer
Snowdrops are a welcome sight as they herald the coming of warmer days, and that other flowers will also soon unfurl their limbs to bring colour back into our lives. Here are the best locations to view the delicate little flowers in Kent this February.
With over 650 varieties of Snowdrops and expansive panoramic views over the beautiful Weald of Kent, Spring Platt is the perfect place to wander and contemplate the year ahead.
This charming garden will be participating in the National Garden Scheme again this year, so book your tickets if you want to explore this little slice of winter paradise.
Where: Spring Platt, Boyton Court Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3BY
When: On selected dates between Wednesday 19th January and Wednesday 9th February 2022 between 11 am and 3 pm.
More information: www.ngs.org.uk/spring-platt-open-days
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
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The world-famous garden of writer Vita Sackville-West is a must-visit all year round, but there certainly is a charm to a winter stroll around the estate: slumbering flora, a glistening dusting of frost and the crisp fresh air.
Keep your eyes peeled for delicate clusters of Snowdrops on a chilly winter walk around the estate and gardens.
Where: Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB
When: The estate and gardens are open daily between 10 am and 4 pm and 11 am and 3 pm, respectively.
More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden
Goodnestone Park Gardens
A Utopia for garden lovers, Goodnestone Park's 15-acre estate has many beautiful spots to explore, from the grand Parterre to the woodland garden that is home to awe-inspiring trees.
Goodnestone Park was also a favourite of Jane Austen, she would frequently visit to see her brother Edward, and it is said that Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice while staying at Rowling House on the Goodnestone Park Estate in 1796!
Where: Goodnestone Park Gardens, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent CT3 1PL
When: Sunday 20th February 2022 between 10 am and 5 pm
More information: www.ngs.org.uk/goodnestone-park-gardens
Great Comp Garden
Head to The Snowdrop Sensation plant fair on Sunday 20th February where you can buy choice snowdrops and see delicate displays of snowflakes and hellebores in one of Sevenoaks finest gardens. Confirmed exhibitors for 2022 include Edulis Nursery, Monksilver Nurseries, Michael Broadhurst of Rainbow Farm, Rose Cottage Plants and Chris Cook.
Where: Great Comp Garden, Comp Ln, St Mary's Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8QS
When: Sunday 20th February 2022 10am - 2pm (garden remains open until 4pm)
More information: www.greatcompgarden.co.uk/snowdrop-sensation-february-2022
Enjoy the scattering of Snowdrops on a self-guided walk around the grounds of Hever Castle this February. You'll see approximately 100,000 of the stunning little white flowers and a range of other early bloomers.
Also, Garden Writer and Snowdrop enthusiast Val Bourne will be presenting a snowdrop talk on Saturday 12th February.
Where: Hever Castle, Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
When: Between Wednesday 9th to Monday 28th February 2022
More information: www.hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on/snowdrops
Cultivated and developed since 1978, Copton Ash which was once a Cherry Orchard, is participating in the National Garden Scheme this year and offers visitors a unique opportunity to take a peek at this constantly evolving garden.
Where: Copton Ash, 105 Ashford Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XW
When: Saturday 12th February and Sunday 20th February 2022 between 12 pm and 4 pm
More information: www.ngs.org.uk/copton-ash
Churchill's former estate is atmospheric and delightful to explore in the winter, from the winter border in the garden to complex woodlands where you'll see Snowdrops peeking through.
Where: Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS
When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am to 3.30 pm
More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
Knowle Hill Farm
Elizabeth and Andrew Cairns have sculpted Knowle Hill Farm from scratch for over 35 years. Discover the mature garden and its delightful blanketing of Snowdrops in February through the National Garden scheme and prepare to come away with plenty of horticultural inspiration for your own garden.
Where: Knowle Hill Farm, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1ES
When: Saturday 5th to Monday 7th February 2022 between 11 am and 3 pm
More information: www.ngs.org.uk/knowle-hill-farm
The first of many Plant Fairs taking place this year will be held at Hole Park. Discover beautiful Snowdrops from local nurseries and resident plant doctor Quentin Stark will be on hand to offer advice and plant suggestions.
Where: Hole Park, Benenden Rd, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4JA
When: Sunday 13th February 2022 between 11 am and 3 pm
More information: www.holepark.com/snowdrop-plant-fair-roadshow