There were so many wonderful #ExplorerKids Instagram snowdrops photographs flowing around. I was so immersed by its beauty and I too wanted a piece of these beautiful snowdrops photographs too. But where can I find a forest full of these snowdrops near us? Again, you guested it – I turned to Google for a helping hand.
Ping! Benington Lordship came up. It was only 20 minutes drive from us. This so awesome. I never thought I’ll find one that close to us. We went on a brisky and cold Saturday afternoon, but there were some sunshine. It was time to fills our little lugs with some of those fresh and crispy air I think.
On the way to Benington Lordship coming from Stevenage way, we’ve found that some parts of the road were narrow and could be dangerous for speedy cars and in harsh weather as it was on a slop. So please do take care, when you go.
There were free parking allow inside the estate, but we didn’t know so we parked outside adjacent to the church neighbouring to the estate. It was still a lovely walk into the garden from the front entrance anyway. It didn’t take long to reach the entrance kiosk, where you are charge £5 for adults; children: 12-16 yrs is £2; and free for under 12’s.
My E&E enjoyed meeting the chicken freely roaming around the kiosk. Very free range! Plus they also sell potted snowdrops if you wish to take home too.
We purely came to see the snowdrops here. We weren’t in the hurry to go anywhere and we just took our time leisurely strolling around Benington Lordship gardens.
There are guided walks on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm, £1. Maximum of 30 people, on a first come first served basis. Tickets are sold on the day in the entrance kiosk, and they don’t take bookings for places by email or telephone either. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed and I can understand why. The gardens are opened every year in February – March, 12 – 4pm.
The annual tradition of the opening snowdrops garden began when the current owner’s family planted them in the early twentieth century along the wall at the top of the moat. As the years, many rare and unusual snowdrops spices began to grow. Now there are over 200 different collection are kept in and around their kitchen garden.
These naturalised snowdrops are displayed around the remains of the Norman keep and surrounding moat. There are two main species of snowdrop making up the spectacular display: the single common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis – ‘Highdown’ which has blue tinted twisted leaves and small, finely marked flowers; and double Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno’ – notable for huge flowers up to two inches across.
There are also other flowers blooming about too, namely: Hellebores, aconites and winter flowering shrubs of acers, cornus and willow around the ponds.
As we walked through this spacious garden, we played a little game of – “What If” scenarios.
What if we own this house – wouldn’t cleaning would be a pain. Then again, if you can afford the house, I’m sure you can pay for a cleaner to do all the dirty works for you.
What if we own this house – wouldn’t it be so beautiful when it snowed. Then again, you would get snowed in.
What if we own this house – wouldn’t be so fancy when we hold a dinner party. Yes – it would!
We also came across the only swing in the ground. As we were only us kids in the garden. We took full advantage of this and spent quite sometime on the swing. The kids have had a blast on that swing and wanted to stay longer, but the cold wind was picking up and I better go home and put dinner on.
There were hot soup and cream teas serve in tea room but because we were on a tight budget and home is only 20 minutes away, I thought in this occasion I will give it a pass.
We’ve promised E&E we’ll go back in the Summer when they have the a Chilli Festivals holding in the ground. And I love chilli, so this is a must-go for me for sure!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as we do on our day. Have you visited a snowdrop garden/ forest this year? Where did you go?
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Entrance fee: Adults £5. Children: 12-16 yrs £2; under 12’s free.