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Wed 3rd January 2018
Snowdrop walks at Hever Castle

A heavenly carpet of snowdrops will provide a magical trail for visitors to follow at Hever Castle & Gardens during February 2018.

Around 70,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Gardens over the past few years including a mix of single and double snowdrops, interspersed with some unusual varieties such as the yellow tipped ‘Wendy’s Gold’, a giant galanthus called ‘Colossus’ which at 9 inches is one of the tallest snowdrops you can find and Galanthus ‘Green Brush’ with its unusual green tipped flowers.

Visitors to the childhood home of Anne Boleyn are being urged to wrap up warm and enjoy an exhilarating walk through the extensive grounds which were transformed by William Waldorf Astor at the turn of the 20th century.

Head gardener Neil Miller says: “We have planted some exciting varieties in the last few years including Galanthus Athenae - one of the earliest to flower, usually by the end of November, Galanthus Magnet, Galanthus Viridapice and Galanthus Picatus warham.”

The more energetic visitor can also take the peaceful one hour Hever Lake Walk which takes the visitor around the perimeter of the 38 acre lake. 

The Winter Garden opposite Half Moon Lawn has been rejuvenated in recent years with specialist snowdrop bulbs planted among the winter flowering shrubs such as Daphne and Viburnum, Dogwood and orange Witch Hazel.

Neil Miller’s team have also planted around 500 bulbs of early flowering daffodil Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation in the Anne Boleyn’s Orchard and Castle borders which flowers from November to February. Unlike the small early flowering varieties, this daffodil has larger windmill-style flowers and can reach 35cm in height.

Discover the delights of a late winter walk through drifts of snowdrops in the February Half Term - from 10 February.

*We recommend that you wear suitable footwear such as Wellington boots or walking boots as the ground may be boggy in places.