This month, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor celebrates the beautiful winter gem that is the Snowdrop with three weeks of ‘Sensational Snowdrops’.
Starting on 21 January and running until 12 February, there will be a display of digital snowdrop prints copied from RHS Lindley Library Art Collection. Complementing this exhibition there will be drifts of snowdrops around the garden to delight visitors during winter walks. Some of these clumps intertwine with the dramatic coloured stems of Rosemoor’s National Cornus Collection.
During two of the weekends, 28 & 29 January and 4 & 5 February, visitors will also be able to see craft demonstrations by ‘From Paper to Petals’ making beautiful handmade snowdrops (and hellebores) from crepe paper to brighten your home and help to banish the dull days of winter. Everyone is encouraged to come along and have a go!
In the Shop and Plant Centre, there will also be short talks and demonstrations most weekends on winter colour/ interest as well as large stocks of plants to buy.
The celebration finishes with Snowdrop Day on 11 February, an adult leisure learning workshop on which there are limited spaces and is subject to additional workshop fees. During the day, Trevor Wiltshire together with RHS Staff, will give a talk in the morning and a guided garden walk after a lunch break to teach visitors all there is to know about these enchanting flowers. Trevor was the superintendent of the rock garden at RHS Garden Wisley and has served on local and national committees of the Alpine Garden Society and the Cyclamen Society. He will talk about wild Turkish snowdrops, how that country conserves wild populations of snowdrops and cyclamen, and explain CITES and its limitations. The propagation technique of twin scaling will be explained, with slides of the village of Dumlugöze’s snowdrop growing fields and he will describe the frustrations of this laudable project to conserve wild populations and curb the digging up of wild snowdrops for export.
Normal garden admission applies and for more information, please visit rhs.org.uk/rosemoor or telephone the events team on 01805 626800.