Snowdrops at Hodsock
Snowdrop Gardens & Woodland Walk now open daily
Any questions? Check our FAQs page for answers.Download our Snowdrops leaflet
What’s planned for Snowdrops 2018?
Our Snowdrop gardens and woodland walk are open from Saturday 10th February to Sunday 4th March. Open daily, 10am to 4pm (last entry).
*NEW* for 2018 Moorcroft heritage pottery weekend.
Moorcroft heritage pottery will share ‘Spring through the eyes of the Applied Arts’ in the Pavilion. Includes a 10am lecture on Fri 23, Sat 24th, Sun 25th about the brand-new Moorcroft snowdrop collection ‘The Fair Maids of February’, plus launch of the ‘Hodsock Priory vase, designs on display and artist demonstrations.
*NEW* for 2018 Awe-inspiring aerial acrobatic outdoor theatre.
We welcomed the Whispering Wood Folk who’s skillful promenade-style theatre took place in Horsepasture Wood over Fri 16th to Sun 18th February.
Take a look at our Plan your Visit page for details.
Tickets can either be purchased at the entrance gate on arrival or in advance using the link below. There is no difference in price for advance bookings.
Regular and new visitors alike will have the opportunity to see our spectacular woodland carpets of snowdrops and watch spring slowly unfurl from winter. Every day you’ll find the Tea Room, Plant Sale and Gift Shop open.
Our heated marquee Tea Room serves luxury cream teas under canvas, hot soups, pie and peas plus locally made yummy treats. We also serve hot drinks and snacks including soup and bacon butties from our Woodland Café.
Run by Floral Media, pop by our Plant Sale and Gift Shop where you can buy from a range of well tended plants, including our favourite tiny white flowers. Or browse the range of kitchen gifts and gardening souvenirs.
Please note that the House is closed to the public for private weddings, throughout the snowdrop season and that dogs are not permitted beyond our entry kiosk.
Our address for SatNav is Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nottinghamshire, Postcode S81 0TY. Please be aware that some systems direct cars through Carlton-in-Lindrick and then along the disused Hodsock Lane to a dead-end in a field. If you set you SatNav for ‘Blyth’ you should avoid the field.
The estate is located at Blyth just off the A1. For more detailed directions, visit our Find us page.
Special Snowdrops at Hodsock
Listed below are some of the special snowdrops to be seen at Hodsock Priory:
- Galanthus Atkinsii
- Galanthus Sam Arnott
- Galanthus Worwonowii
- Galanthus Lady Beatrix Stanley- Sir Andrew’s Grandmother
- Galanthus Elwesii
- Galanthus Magnet
- Galanthus Plicatus
- Galanthus Viridipicis
- Galanthus Allenii
- Galanthus Barbara’s Double -Sir Andrew’s mother
- Galanthus Augustus
- Galanthus Bill Bishop
- Galanthus Brenda Troyle
- Galanthus Hill Poe
- Galanthus Robin Hood
- Galanthus Nivalis double
- Galanthus Nivalis single
Snowdrops available to purchase from our Plant Sale include the following:
- Galanthus Nivalis
- Galanthus Flore plena
- Galanthus Ikarae
- Galanthus Elwesii
- Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’
- Galanthus ‘Brenda Troyle’
- Galanthus ‘Warham’
- Galanthus ‘Viridipice’
- Galanthus ‘Magnet’
- Galanthus ’Desdemona’
- Galanthus ‘Dionysus’
- Galanthus ‘Hippolyta’
- Galanthus ‘Straffan’
- Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’
- Galanthus ‘Galatea’
- Galanthus ‘Hillpoe’
- Galanthus ‘Pusey Green Tip’
Surrounding the house itself are five acres of formal gardens, landscaped in the 1820s. Beyond the North Lawn and over the stream, you’ll find the 12 acre Horsepasture Wood (already established on our earliest map, dated 1725), containing some veteran oak trees that are over 400 years old.
As a spring visitor, it’s here that you’ll experience a stunning carpet of Snowdrop blooms during February and March, followed by a vivid display of colour from equally impressive Bluebells, during April and May.
The formal gardens around the house are awash with winter blooms and during February, popular plant species include:
- Winter Honeysuckle
Daily History Talks
George Buchanan and the estate team enjoy giving daily talks and tours of the gardens, during Snowdrops at Hodsock.
Discover a little bit more about Hodsock Priory by joining George or the team beside the campfire, where they’ll tell you about Hodsock’s colourful past and how Snowdrops at Hodsock came to be.
Talks take place daily at 2pm in the glade by the Woodland Cafe but may vary due to weather and on site operational requirements. Check out the blackboard for talk times.
Activities for Children
Children are always welcome at Hodsock although we do ask for them to be supervised at all times.
Toddlers can enjoy a run round the parkland or a rummage in the woodland whilst older children can try out the balancing posts at the woodland play area.
There’s always sticks and mud so remember to pack your (and their) wellies. Spend some quality time with the little ones and keep them entertained and engaged by playing our ‘Can you find it in the Garden?’ game. Pick up a copy at the entry kiosk.
Please be aware that there is open water on the estate so extra care should be taken with toddlers and infants.
After spending a few hours in our Snowdrop gardens, venture into the nearby village of Blyth. Along with a handful of excellent local pubs you’ll find the church of St Mary and St Martin (open each Sunday from 12noon to 4pm during the Snowdrops season) and a craft workshop.
For information on village life here in Blyth see www.blythvillage.co.uk
Discover our pretty rural church with architecture that dates back to 1088, making it one of the oldest naves in the country.
For more history on our village church see Notts History at www.nottshistory.org.uk/articles/tts/tts1938/blythchurch1.htm
The Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is one of the most eagerly-awaited flowers, heralding the end of the British wintertime. They symbolise purity and the cleansing of the earth after winter. Galanthus is Greek, meaning milk flower and captures perfectly the appearance of the Snowdrop.
Snowdrops grow from a small bulb which produces thin green leaves – usually around six inches long – and a white flower with spreading outer petals. Different types can be identified by the green markings on the inner leaves.
The Hodsock Snowdrop Garden is adorned with S Arnott, Atkinsii and Woronwii types, we also have two special varieties; Lady Beatrix Stanley and Barbara’s Double named after George Buchanan’s ancestors.
Growing Snowdrops at home
Snowdrops can be grown anywhere but prefer rich moist soil. They will grow in the garden or in baskets or pots.
The main things to consider are:
Snowdrops will not grow well in heavily shaded areas in the garden. Dappled shade is better. When growing Snowdrops in pots or baskets, do not over water them in the autumn months and ensure that tubs and pots remain frost free.
For detailed advice on growing Snowdrops see
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