Some of the gardens in our part of central Scotland include the following:
Scone Palace, Perth
Enjoy a celebration of snowdrops at Scone Palace. Take a leisurely stroll through the snowdrop lined paths within 100 acres of grounds and gardens.
Scone Palace is delighted to be participating in the Scottish Snowdrop Festival each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy walking through the drifts of enchanting snowdrops which can be found throughout the grounds, lining Lime Avenue and hiding in the shadows of towering conifers. The majority of our snowdrops are of the Galanthus nivalis variety, although not native to Britain, they have naturalized extremely well and enjoy the conditions at Scone Palace. At the end of your walk, why not treat yourself to a warming cup of hot chocolate and one of the famed 'Scones @ Scone' in the Old Servants' Hall Coffee Shop. The Food Shop will also be open selling a delightful selection of culinary gifts along with a range of Scone Palace's own label produce. Open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. FREE admission.
Kilbryde Castle, Dunblane
A lovely display of snowdrops set within the 12 acre castle grounds including formal, woodland and wild areas.
The Kilbryde Castle gardens cover some 12 acres and are situated above the Ardoch Burn and below the castle. The gardens are split into three parts: formal, woodland and wild. Natural planting (azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias) is found in the woodland garden.
Cluny House Gardens, Aberfeldy
See Cluny in its early spring splendour with red squirrels complimenting the collection of white snowdrops and snowflakes.
Cluny has a subtle collection of snowdrops naturalising within the Himalayan woodland. Medium to small drifts of species and varieties are dotted throughout the 6 acres. Most have been growing over the last 50 plus years which has resulted in many variations. Because Cluny is at 200m, snowdrops flower later and well into March. Nearly as beautiful as the snowdrop is the snowflake or Leucojum a native from Central Europe but not so commonly grown in gardens. Larger and with glossy upright leaves it begins flowering very early. Companion plants growing in and around the snowdrops include spring cyclamen, yellow aconites and hellebores in pink, red and green. At snowdrop time tiny daffodils also appear and the first Asiatic primulas come into flower.
These are just a small sample of the gardens that will be opening their doors to let visitors see the carpets of snowdrops over the coming weeks and all of them promise to provide a great family day out while visiting the area.
For more information about gardens in the area visit the Discover Scottish Gardens website at http://discoverscottishgardens.org