Some of you will have been on outings with the Garden Appreciation Group. This year I cannot run the group in the same way since I now have health problems which limit me. So Gill Harden (Groups coordinator) suggested I run this space instead. Each month I will put details of a few local gardens that you might like to visit.
Happy visiting, Pam Forey.
It's February, and this month it's snowdrop gardens
Welford Park is a well-loved garden you may have already visited but it is always worth another go.
It is near Newbury, only open at this time of year for its hundreds (thousands?) of snowdrops—as shown in the photo on the left. Find details of open days and times on the Welford Park website.
Little Court, near Winchester, is a garden we visited in August 2022, in the midst of a drought. It is famous for its crocuses and snowdrops in February. Open days and times are on the National Garden Scheme (NGS) website. You can prebook but you don’t have to.
Once on the NGS website, ..
- Go to Find a Garden
- Top left tab, make sure it’s on Garden (not location)
- Type in the name of the garden
- Make sure the date tab is on ‘all’. Details should come up. If they don’t, double check the date tab
Timber Hill, in Chobham, is another NGS garden, but this needs to be pre-booked. Same procedure, on the NGS website, find the garden, once in, hit the pre-book button. People who went last year said it was well worth going.
Finally Chawton House, of Jane Austen fame. Chawton also has a garden, with snowdrops at this time of year. Go to the Chawton House website to book a visit. Click
And if you drive to Fleet in February it is worth going by the scenic route to pass Winchfield Church. The verge there is covered with snowdrops.