Plant a snowdrop for posterity

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Our Old Park meadow is carpeted with snowdrops right now and with a little help from visitors there will soon be 15,000 more. From February 14 to 22 we’re inviting people to join gardeners and volunteers in a mass planting for posterity.

The Old Park is a rolling open meadow landscaped with native oak and beech trees, thought to be the oldest part of the original garden dating back to the Georgian era. Only opened to the public in 2013, it is now being managed as a wildlife meadow – the display of snowdrops are followed by swathes of daffodils in the spring and wildflowers in the summer.

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Gardeners and volunteers have been planting snowdrops in the meadow for the last five years to ensure a bigger and better display in future.

This time of year it is traditional to plant snowdrops ‘in the green’ (at the end of flowering but when the leaves are still green). Visitors can drop by through the week and lend a hand at any time from 11am to 1pm. All plants and tools are provided, just bring are sturdy clothes and footwear.

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All are welcome to drop by and join in with the planting, whether for five minutes or an hour – the more the merrier! It’s also a chance to have a look around our Winter Garden, now in its third year and positively blooming. In fact the whole garden is showing signs of spring and it’s a wonderful time to visit.

There are also events for families in the garden during half term, with a craft workshop in The Old Mill on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 16-18, 11am to 1pm. Don’t forget you can bring dogs too on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the end of February.

No booking is required and there is no extra charge for the snowdrop planting or craft workshop (normal garden admission prices apply), but for information contact Bodnant Garden on 01492 650460.

For more details about Bodnant Garden call 01492 650460, check out our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BodnantGardenNT

Plant a snowdrop for posterity

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  There are snowdrops as far as the eye can see at Bodnant Garden and with a little help from visitors there will soon be 20,000 more.

  Our Old Park meadow is carpeted with Galanthus nivalis right now and we’ll be planting more from February 22 to March 2, when visitors can drop by and lend a hand from 11am to 1pm.

  The Old Park is thought to be the oldest part of the original garden dating back to the Georgian era. It was landscaped in the naturalistic style of the day, planted with native trees and with a ha-ha ditch to keep livestock away from the main house. Today it’s a rolling meadow filled with snowdrops in winter, daffodils in spring, wild flowers and grasses in summer and in autumn sheep graze under the dazzling leaf colour of those now stately old oak and beech trees.

Copy of photo comp Marguerite Wilde

Picture by Marguerite Wilde

  We’ve been planting snowdrops in the Old Park  for the last five years to ensure a bigger and better display in the future and we’d love visitors to come and help – the more the merrier. It’s something all the family can enjoy doing, and come back and enjoy again next year, as one of our Twitter followers Tu Hwnt i’r Bont tearoom commented recently: “Lovely mooch around Bodnant Garden in the sunshine today. Admiring the snowdrops five-year-old old son helped to plant.”

  Galanthus nivalis is native to Europe. It’s name comes from the Greek gala (meaning milk) and anthos (flower). It was first described and named by the botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1735, who also added the word nivalis meaning ‘of the snow’. It naturalises and spreads readily and is now a common sight in woodlands and back gardens…a welcome first sign of coming spring. And the best time to plant them is now when they are in flower, or ‘in the green’.

   As well as common snowdrops in the Old Park we’ve got more unusual species for you to admire in our Winter Garden. It’s also a great opportunity to take part in our 2014 Photography Competition ‘I Love Bodnant Garden’. We’re asking people to tell us why the garden means so much to them, in pictures. The winning shots will be made into a 2015 Bodnant Garden calendar.

  No booking is required for the snowdrop planting and all plants and equipment are provided, but for information contact Bodnant Garden on 01492 650460. For details of our photography competition see our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden or see the competition page here on our blog.

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Volunteers snowdrop planting in the Old Park