are now under way for the annual February opening of Hodsock Priory's
famous snowdrop and winter garden.
of the popularity of this event we shall be opening every day for
FIVE WEEKS in 2002, Saturday 2nd February - Sunday 10th March.
30,000 visitors now enjoy this beautiful garden each winter,
many coming from Japan, USA, Canada and Europe as well as all over
SNOWDROPS have been planted in the wood, increasing the already
PLANTING of the very early flowering snowdrop Galanthus plicatus
'Colossus' and the very early flowering minature Narcissus
'Cedric Morris' should be in flower at the beginning of February.
NEWLY PLANTED Helleborus orientalis on the moat bank
should be in flower in February and March. To celebrate this thousands
of H. x 'Ashwood Garden Hybrids' have been grown in the Hodsock
nursery for our GRAND HELLEBORE SALE in February/March.
coloured stems of Cornus, the white stems and trunks
of Rubus and Betula and the pink-trunked Acers
will be at their best in the winter.
AND COLOUR from Sarcococca, Daphne, winter honeysuckle,
Leucojums, golden aconites, cyclamen and irises are throughout
TWO NEW FERNERIES have been created, in the garden and in
the wood, using 600 plants in almost 30 varieties of hardy evergreen
in the garden for the first time in February there will be a
UNIQUE WORKING VICTORIAN APIARY comprising eight remarkable
bee-hives, some resembling Victorian follies.
Bees are not very active during the winter months but
on mild, sunny days visitors are likely to see them quietly
collecting nectar from snowdrops and other flowers and carrying
it back to the hives.
clearly marked one-way trail, with plenty of seats, makes it
easy for everyone to see comfortably the fabulous Hodsock Snowdrops
and other winter flowers. Short cuts marked for those who do not
want to walk far.
Excellent refreshments are offered all day under cover.
FREE parking. Hard-standing for coaches. Coaches must book.
SALES AREA offering a wide choice of bulbs and plants.