Snowdrop Days

Things to do Chelsea Physic Garden , Chelsea Saturday January 28 2017 - Friday February 3 2017
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Crocuses may be more colourful, daffodils more dazzling, but snowdrops hold a special place in the hearts of gardeners for being the first spring bulbs to appear. Hardy harbingers of the season to come, these pure little blooms dare to put on a show when temperatures keep most plants underground – and most flower fans curled up on the sofa.

Ahead of its official Spring opening, London's oldest botanic garden unlocks its doors for a winter stint each year to showcase its collection of snowdrops (Latin name Galanthus, meaning 'milk flower') at their peak.

Guided tours will highlight the huge variety of snowdrops out there – from the common snowdrop, G nivalis, to the large flowered, honey-scented G Sam Arnott – some so prized among galanthophiles that a single bulb can change hands for hundreds of pounds. No booking required, but check the Chelsea Physic Garden's website for details of the walks and talks taking place.

Venue name: Chelsea Physic Garden
Contact:
Address: 66
Royal Hospital Rd
London
SW3 4HS
Opening hours: Nov-Mar: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm. Apr-Oct: Tue-Fri, Sun & Bank Holidays 11am-6pm; July 1-Sept 2 2015: late openings until 10pm on Wed 11am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square
Price: £10.50, £6.95 concs
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