Snowdrops (Galanthus) are a welcome sight in the winter months as they herald the arrival of spring. Translating to ‘milk white flower’, Eythrope’s gardens have an extensive collection of snowdrops and you will see 70 different types of these delicate spring bulbs near the Walled Garden and also naturalised in impressive drifts beneath the canopies of majestic trees in the parkland and woodland garden.
The woodland garden at Eythrope was developed from informal pleasure grounds, adjoining the artificial lake. Laid out for Sir William Stanhope in the mid-18th century, the lake and many of the trees predate Alice de Rothschild’s ownership of Eythrope. Alice made improvements to the garden, adding the boathouse, ornamental rock work and influencing the planting schemes including the Snowdrops. More recently snowdrops and winter flowering shrubs have been added to create a truly inspiring winter walk.
Visits to this private parkland and woodland garden are accompanied by Waddesdon’s garden guides and last approximately 90 minutes.
Following the visit to Eythrope, guests will be driven to the Manor Restaurant for afternoon tea at 4pm. All visitors will also have an opportunity to see the swathes of Galanthus nivalis snowdrops along Baron’s Walk and along the approach to the Rose Garden in Waddesdon’s gardens and to enjoy the Winter Light displays in the Pleasure Grounds and along Miss Alice’s Drive as well as the Illumination: Works by Leo Villereal exhibition in the Coach House Gallery at the Stables, all open until 9pm.
The shuttle bus back to the car park, free for Snowdrop tour visitors, will run until 9.30pm.
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