This was my fourth visit to Easton Walled Gardens at snowdrop time, it has become an annual event that I look forward to very much. This year I was lucky to be invited to their press launch and award ceremony for the winner of the 'Essence of Summer' photography competition that they ran last year.
The snowdrop week runs from the 13th to 21st February- and attracts visitors from all around the world. This year there’s the chance to join expert-led tours of the gardens with inveterate galanthophile Jackie Murray. Booked in the advance, the tours run on 13th, 16th and 18th Feb- in the mornings, before the gardens open to the public. These special tours cost £20 (£15 for RHS and Friends of EWG). Visitors will be able to study the different forms of snowdrops and learn how best to grow them. The tours include tea/coffee and homemade cake, a comprehensive guidebook of the gardens and a bunch of snowdrop bulbs to take home and plant in your own garden.
More details about booking from www.shopateaston.co.uk or phone 01476 530063
Admission prices are £7 for adults and £3 for children. Friends of EWG have free entry, and discounted tickets for the expert-led tours. Easton Walled Gardens, Easton, Near Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG33 5AP.