Make the most of the Snowdrop Walk Weekend

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Snowdrop Walk weekend in the Castle Gardens on 24th and 25th February, 11am – 3pm. Here are some of our top tips for what to look out for.

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The First Signs of Spring

It wouldn’t be a Snowdrop Walk without the humble snowdrop, but at this time of year there are also other subtle hints that Spring is on its way. Make sure you look out for:

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Different varieties of Snowdrops

The snowdrops within the Gardens were all planted in the last 25 years or so by the Gardens team, our hard-working Garden volunteers and pupils from Wallace Hall Academy through the Queensberry Initiative.

Visitors can see Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop, as well as some more specialist varieties. Look out for Galanthus nivalis viridapice with its distinctive green tips; Galanthus nivalis flore pleno, which has double white flowers; and Galanthus elwesii, a larger snowdrop also known as a ‘greater snowdrop’. There are also snowdrops, Leucojum aestivum, on display.

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Dogwoods and Willows

As you weave your way along the way-marked Snowdrop Walk through the Winter Garden, look out for the noticeable coloured stems of the dog woods and willows.

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Witch hazels

It’s hard to miss the flowering oranges, yellows and reds of the witch hazels against the white of the snowdrops. Look out for these particularly in the lower areas of the Garden.

Hellebores

Another beautiful flower to look out for as you navigate through the Gardens is the small Hellebore. A beautiful winter plant with green leaves and either white, pink, ruby or green blooms.

Plant Sales

With spring in the air, you might be starting to think about your own garden. Look out for a variety of plants for sale including snowdrops, daffodils, and different varieties of iris. Many of the plants have been grown within the Drumlanrig Castle Gardens.

 

The Wider Gardens

Don’t miss the chance to explore the wider Castle Gardens too. Steeped in history, you can discover the first Douglas firs in Scotland, historic Heather and Summer Houses and even a pet cemetery! Don’t forget to download, or snap a picture, of our handy Gardens map to get the most from your visit.

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Larchwood Cabin

It wouldn’t be a day out without a delicious hot drink and tasty treat! The Larchwood Cabin will be open 11am to 3pm, with a lovely selection of hot and cold drinks and homemade traybakes for you to enjoy!

Dogs are welcome on leads

Adventure Playground

A great family day out awaits, as our Adventure Playground will be also be open for the weekend.

Let the kids swing, slide and climb to their hearts content in our much loved playground, conveniently located right next to the Gardens and Larchwood Cabin.

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