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Tonbridge: Walk through Hever Castle's carpet of snowdrops this February

By Angela Cole

There's a magical trail to follow through Hever Castle gardens this month.

Around 70,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the gardens over the past few years and are now creating a carpet for visitors to enjoy.

The bulbs included a mix of single and double snowdrops, now coming in to bloom for visitors to enjoy, and they have been interspersed with unusual varieties such as the yellow tipped Wendy’s Gold, a giant galanthus called Colossus which at 9 inches is one of the tallest snowdrops you can find, and Galanthus Green Brush with its unusual, green-tipped flowers.

Hever Castle has snowdrops aplenty
Hever Castle has snowdrops aplenty

Visitors to the childhood home of Anne Boleyn should wrap up warm and enjoy the stroll through the grounds which were transformed by William Waldorf Astor at the turn of the 20th century.

Head gardener Neil Miller said: “We have planted some exciting varieties in the last few years including Galanthus Athenae - one of the earliest to flower, usually by the end of November, Galanthus Magnet, Galanthus Viridapice and Galanthus Picatus warham.”

if you're feeling more energetic, there's a one hour walk around the 38-acre Hever Lake.

Take a walk through Hever Castle's carpet of snowdrops
Take a walk through Hever Castle's carpet of snowdrops

The winter garden opposite Half Moon Lawn has also been rejuvenated with specialist snowdrop bulbs planted among the winter flowering shrubs, such as Daphne and Viburnum, Dogwood and orange Witch Hazel.

Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear as the ground may be boggy in places. For opening times and admission prices, visit hevercastle.co.uk or call 01732 865224.

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