The unusually warm winter has led to changing times at a blooming marvellous event
This annual ‘spectacular’ was brought forward due to the main attraction arriving early.
A milder than normal spell this winter has encouraged millions of snowdrops at Burton Agnes Hall to bloom weeks earlier than usual.
In response, head gardener Jeremy Palmer has brought forward the annual Snowdrop Spectacular opening, to allow visitors to see the historic woodland floor’s magnificent ‘white carpet’ of flowers in full bloom.
The snowdrop walks will now run from the Saturday 31 January to Sunday 8 March, from 11am to 4pm every day.
Simon Cunliffe-Lister, whose family live in the magnificent hall, said: “Snowdrops are exceptionally hardy, and this winter has been just too mild for the tough little plants!
“This is the first time in the fifteen years of our snowdrop opening that we have opened earlier than planned.
“There is no more enchanting place to walk than amongst the bobbing heads of snowdrops in the woodland – grab your boots and make the most of the mild winter weather.”
After enjoying the heartwarming sight of the snowdrops, visitors have the chance to peruse the various shops on site.
Galanthophiles may also like to buy some Burton Agnes-propagated snowdrops ‘in the green’, which is the best way of building a collection.
At the end of the snowdrop season, the hall holds its annual Orchid Festival on the weekend of 7 and 8 March. There will be stunning exhibitions on display and flower sales.
Expert advisors will give talks and take questions about how to care for orchids, and there will be slide shows and stalls selling orchid related goods.