Carpets of snowdrops to greet visitors during February’s Snowdrop Month


The Palace’s popular “Snowdrop Month” returns to Wells in February when carpets of snowdrops will be welcoming visitors to the 14 acres of RHS partner gardens at The Bishop’s Palace.

The team are expecting another bumper year this year and, to complement the themed weekends, visitors can collect printed Snowdrop Walks to guide them around the Moat banks, then across the Willow Bridge to enjoy an Arboretum full of the spring flowers. Each weekend little ones can also pick up a children’s trail from the Palace Ticket Office with the reward of a small prize upon completion.

And in partnership with the annual Shepton Snowdrops Festival the Palace’s Head Gardener, James Cross, will also be leading a Winter Interest Walk and Talk on the morning of Thursday 15 February 2024, sharing his horticultural knowledge and expertise. Amanda Hirst will also be talking about James Allen, known locally as The Snowdrop King and the first person to breed new varieties from wild snowdrops.

However, as the Palace’s lovely snowdrops are dependent on the climate there’s no guarantee when they will be at their peak but James says “As the growing season can be variable, I’d advise visitors not to leave it until the last day to visit, as you might find they’ve already gone!”

So, head over to Wells this February to celebrate spring at The Bishop’s Palace and enjoy these beautiful flowers in a stunning setting.  Entry, including tours, is included with the 12 month admission ticket and Membership

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