Two venues near Grantham will be hosting spectacular snowdrop events in February.
Little Ponton Hall and Easton Walled Gardens are inviting visitors to see their snowdrops and enjoy an array of activities besides.
The gates at Easton Walled Gardens will open from February 14 to 22 to show off the naturalised snowdrops and aconites which spread across 12 acres of restored grounds.
Visitors can also enjoy daily workshops from local horticultural expert Jackie Murray, who will explain how to grow and divide snowdrops and give tips on naturalising your own collection. Listed as one of the UK’s top walled gardens, there is much to offer the seasoned gardener, or those just looking for the perfect spring stroll. The tearoom is open every day serving homemade soups and light lunches.
The gates are open daily from 11am to 4pm. Tickets cost £6.95 for adults and £2.95 per child.
For more details go to www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk or call 01476 530063.
Little Ponton Hall will be open for its annual snowdrop event on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, from 11am to 4pm. The hall and its gardens nestle in the curve of the River Witham. The 18th century house, home to Rosemary McCorquodale, is surrounded by spacious lawns, dominated by a 200-year-old cedar tree. In the walled vegetable garden are Victorian greenhouses, full of exotic plants, and a listed dovecote. Next to the garden is the church dedicated to St Guthlac.
In February swathes of snowdrops and aconites fill the borders, lawns, churchyard and riverbanks in white and yellow.
The hall will be offering its own home-grown plants for sale in the greenhouses, accompanied by Rasell’s nurseries who will also be selling plants. There will be stalls in the stable block offering cakes, jams and household items, as well as home-made refreshments including soup, bread, sausage rolls and cakes.
Entry is £5 per adults and children under 16 get in free. Call 07825 373672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Part of the proceeds raised from the hall’s event will go towards the National Garden Scheme which is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Carers Trust.