Castle Kennedy Gardens Weekend Snowdrop Festival
A glorious display of beautiful swathes of snowdrops awaits visitors at Castle Kennedy Gardens. This weekend (Saturday 2nd February) the Gardens will re-open after winter for the annual ‘Weekend Snowdrop Festival’ which continues every Saturday and Sunday throughout February and March, when the Gardens and Tearoom will be open between 10am and 5pm.
Wrap up warm and enjoy the great outdoors as you watch mother nature prepare for spring in the beautiful tranquil surroundings of our woodland paths and loch-shore walks and drives, where you can explore over three miles of snowdrops, and an array of spring time bulbs. The 75 acre gardens are also open and contain many more snowdrops, particularly in the Walled Garden and an array of specialist trees and tender and exotic plants.
After all the fresh air and exercise, Castle Kennedy Gardens Tearoom is the perfect place to conclude your visit with a cup of hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate and a delicious piece of cake or home-baked treat.
Join Head Gardener John MacArthur of that Ilk, for a ‘Snowdrop Safari Guided Walk’ on Saturday 9th February at 1:30pm. Learn all about the habitat and cultivation of these glorious little flowers and take in magnificent scenery as you learn many fascinating facts and insights to these hardy and much loved plants.
In the British Isles, the genus Galanthus or snowdrop is one of the best known and most frequently cultivated of all bulbous plants. Earlier names include ‘Fair maids of February’, ‘Candlemas Bells’ and ‘White Ladies’, and these names associated with the Church festival of Candlemas Day, which takes place each year on 2nd February.
The survival of many Galanthus species is threatened in nature due to the pressures of humankind and in most countries, including Scotland, it is forbidden to remove Galanthus from the wild, as local law protects them.
Castle Kennedy Gardens and Tearoom will be open every weekend during February and March from 10am until 5pm. Daily opening will resume in March when the gardens prepare for another action packed season of activities for all ages.