Visitors to Scone Palace will be able enjoy the gardens and grounds at their spectacular seasonal best as the ‘Celebration of Snowdrops’ begins this weekend.
One of over 50 venues taking part in the annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival, the Palace Grounds will be open with free admission, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2nd February – 16th March, from 10am – 4pm.
Visitors are being invited to come along and take a leisurely stroll through the drifts of enchanting snowdrops that can be found throughout the 100 acres of Palace grounds.
Palace Administrator Elspeth Bruce says:” At this time of year, our snowdrops make for a stunning show, with carpets of blooms peeping through the shrubs and trees in the woodland and wild gardens and lining Lime Avenue.
“The majority of our snowdrops are of the Galanthus nivalis variety, which have a lovely honey-scented fragrance and pretty nodding flowers. Although not native to Britain, they have naturalised extremely well and enjoy the conditions here at Scone Palace. Whilst there are no formal gardens here at Scone, our magnificent trees form a particularly spectacular backdrop to these delicate little flowers, from the fine old cedars of Lebanon around the chapel to the towering, exotic conifers of the Pinetum”.
After admiring the impressive displays, visitors will be able to escape the winter chill and enjoy one of the famed ‘Scones at Scone' in the Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop, washed down by a warming cup of hot chocolate, and browse the Food Shop with its selection of distinctive culinary gifts, speciality foods and Scone Palace own-label produce.