Every year some of Britain’s finest gardens have marvellous displays of snowdrops. If you have been appreciating the snowdrops in your own Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford garden you might want to see if you can find some local carpets of these delicate blooms.
The rather wonderful National Gardens Scheme runs an annual Snow Drop Festival, https://www.ngs.org.uk/who-we-are/ they co-ordinate over 80 gardens up and down the UK who opening in February to show off their snowdrops. They invite garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public for good causes, for around the same cost of a cup of tea and a slice of cake. By encouraging people to give unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful, gardens over the last 90 years, they’ve donated £50 million to charities across the UK!
In their list of some of the finest places across England to go and see snowdrops is a garden not so far from Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford. The Gibberd Garden, Harlow, CM17 0NA is open on Sunday 25th February featuring its snowdrops. The garden is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important 20th-century gardens in the country, an inspirational Grade II listed garden created between 1957 and 1984 by Sir Frederick Gibberd, Master Planner of Harlow New Town and a leading post-war architect.
The garden occupies 9 acres of a 14-acre site and is full of sculptures and what Sir Frederick called ‘decorative objects’, including ceramic pots and items of architectural salvage. It has lawns, pools, streams and glades, a dramatic mature lime avenue, a brook-side walk, a wild garden, an arboretum and a moated castle with a drawbridge. Professional and amateur gardeners are captivated by its unique atmosphere.
If you are looking to see some more snowdrops and find further inspiration for you Chigwell Loughton or Woodford garden it sounds well worth the trip.