1. Snowdrop Valley, Exmoor, Somerset
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Take a stroll in this picture-perfect valley carpeted in snowdrops. No cars allowed – you need to get a bus from the pub car park. Open 1-23 February.
2. Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire
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A fascinating new garden among the bones of an old garden whose house was demolished in the 1950s. Snowdrop week 15-23 February.
3. Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
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A long walk studded with stems of every colour, gloriously barked trees and, of course, lots of snowdrops. Gardens and abbey open daily.
4. Cambo Estate, Fife
Cambo holds the National Collection of Galanthus – you can see 350 different kinds. The woodland will be illuminated for Snowdrops by Starlight, 12-16 February.
5. Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire
Another lovely woodland setting for a great sweep of snowdrops set in the grounds of the inestimably fine Elizabethan house. Gardens open daily, 8 February-2 March.
6. Hopton Hall, Derbyshire
A relatively recent snowdrop garden, which emerged from the overgrowth in the last decade or so – after a lot of chopping and clearing. Open daily, 1 February-2 March.
7. Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire
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In snowdrop season there will be talks every day about Hodsock’s rich and varied history. Open daily, 1 February-2 March.
8. Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk
What this collection lacks in exotic varieties it makes up for in romantic abundance. Snowdrop walks daily, 1-28 February.
9. Chirk Castle, Wrexham
This great castle was built during the reign of Edward I. Here, snowdrops flow out from the formal borders into the surrounding woodlands.
10. Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire
In the 1870s, John Atkins propagated a bulb here that was later named Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ and is one of the best. Open daily; snowdrop talks on Wednesdays and Fridays this month.
11. Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
As well as snowdrops there is a great museum that traces the history of photography. Grounds open daily.
12. Pencarrow House, Cornwall
Photo credit: Geograph/Paul Leonard
A pioneer among gardens as it is not only home to the first Victorian rock garden but also the first monkey puzzle tree in England. Gardens open on 9 and 16 February.
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