Six new properties are set to join one of Scotland’s most spectacular garden festivals.
Blossoming across the country from 28 January to 11 March 2018, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival features more than 50 events nationwide displaying carpets of snowdrops in their gardens and woodlands, signaling the end of winter and the promise of spring.
Dryburgh Abbey near Melrose is one of the gardens across the country taking part in this year's festival. Please credit Discover Scottish Gardens.
Organised by garden tourism organisation Discover Scottish Gardens, the annual festival is supported by VisitScotland and Scotland’s Garden Scheme.
New properties and gardens joining this year’s festival listings, including Attadale Gardens in Wester Ross, Ardmaddy Castle by Oban, Branklyn Garden in Perthshire, Broughton House in Dumfries and Galloway, Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, and Kinblethmont Gallery and Grounds in Angus, with each hosting activities and snowdrop walks for all the family.
Over the years, many Scots have fallen in love with the versatile herbaceous plant, scientifically known as Galanthus. There are now over 2,500 named varieties of the winter flower and its adaptability and hardiness means it grows in a great range of locations across the world.
Catherine Erskine, chair of Discover Scottish Gardens and founder of the Snowdrop Festival in Scotland, said: “We are very lucky in Scotland to have a fantastic climate for snowdrops, with many species thriving here and creating stunning displays. Many of the festival venues are within the grounds of some of Scotland’s most historic buildings with beautiful surroundings. Adding snowdrops to these landscapes create a spectacular sight for any visitor.”
For festival highlights visit https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/scotland/snowdrop-festival/ and to find out more about events near you visit http://discoverscottishgardens.org/events/