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Sunnycroft’s Guided Snowdrop Walk

March 2, 2014

Snowdrops

I am a conservation volunteer at Sunnycroft, one of a few volunteers involved in transcribing some of the many paper diaries kept by Sunnycroft’s owner Joan Lander. But on Sunday 9 February I visited Sunnycroft for a different reason.

It was late morning, slightly blustery but thankfully no rain from the passing clouds.  A crowd of around 15 visitors including myself were gathered on the Sunnycroft veranda, eagerly awaiting the start of the first ever guided Snowdrop walk.  Eddie Roberts, Shropshire galanthophile, (that’s a snowdrop expert for the likes of you and me) started with a brief introduction to snowdrops.

Now whilst Sunnycroft may not have the swathes of snowdrops carpeting woodland like our neighboring NT property Attingham Park, Sunnycroft does have some 17 different varieties of snowdrop.  Not quite as many Eddie who has a staggering 150-200 varieties in his own garden.

Over the last few years Sunnycroft has planted about 1,000 snowdrops. These are native to the National Trust Attingham Park property.

Two particular snowdrop varieties, the Magnet and Galatea, are original to the period of the house and are thought to have been here since approximately the 1890’s. These are found in the shrubbery area of Sunnycroft’s garden.

Snowdrops – Magnet

Last year Sunnycroft gardening volunteers planted common galanthus nivalis snowdrops in the Hosta Garden. You can see from the photo below that  they have come through this year. With the speed that snowdrops spread, Eddie told the group that we could expect to see this area covered in snowdrops in 5 years time. Over the next few years we will watch with interest the progress the snowdrops make in covering the Hosta garden.

Snowdrops emerging in the Hosta garden

Snowdrops emerging in the Hosta garden

There were a further three guided snowdrop walks during the remainder of the day, all of which were well attended. We received some fabulous feedback from visitors, who enjoyed learning the facts about snowdrops –  a refreshing change from just walking around and looking upon these most delicate of flowers.

You can of course visit Sunnycroft to walk around the garden and enjoy the snowdrops well into March, and I can recommend a visit to the tea room too.

Angela Moore – Conservation Volunteer

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