Signifying the transition from winter into spring, Scone Palace will celebrate their enviable snowdrop collection as they open the gates to the magnificent gardens as part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, beginning Friday 5th February.
Over 50 venues across Scotland take part in the annual festival, where enthusiasts, so called ‘galanthophiles’, and visitors alike get the chance to explore gardens and woodlands famed for impressive collections of the little white flower.
The wild flower first appeared in Scotland in the 18th century and its scientific name, Galanthus Nivalis, derives from Greek and translates to mean ‘milk flower’. Despite not being native to UK shores, they now grow in abundance and turn the ground into beautiful white carpets. On a walk around the Palace grounds pockets of snowdrops can be spotted around the historic monuments and ﬂower beds, while the wooded areas have large magniﬁcent displays of this winter beauty.
Scone Palace’s Head Gardener, Brian Cunningham, is looking forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the Palace’s spectacular snowdrops. Brian commented:
“The snowdrop is a plant that is able to withstand winter conditions, showing off its ﬂowers when few others in the garden can and is instantly recognisable in these colder months. With over 500 varieties, most cultivated through selective breeding, the majority found in the gardens are the common snowdrop. However, natural breeding in the wild has meant there are a few pockets of others growing around the grounds for eagle-eyed visitors to try and spot!”
The Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop will be open for visitors to treat themselves to a warm beverage and, of course, a scone at the end of their stroll. A small selection of hand-cut snowdrops will be available to buy from the Food Shop, as well as a beautiful range of snowdrop-inspired gifts. Some of the Palace snowdrops will also be available to buy from their online shop.
The gardens will be open to visitors free of charge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm, with the festival finishing on 13th March. The grounds will continue to be open at those times and Scone Palace will re-open to visitors on 1st April 2016.