Updated: Jun 29, 2020
If there is one thing that I look forward to in the new year, it is spotting Snowdrops on my way to work. They are the first flowers to bloom and a sign that Spring is on its way.
During February I visited Easton Walled Gardens which can be found just off the A1, north of Colsterworth, to walk their Snowdrop trail as they blossomed in their hundreds on the hillside. Open for just one full week from the Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd of February, 11am to 4pm, and attracting well over 1,000 people to this spectacular sight, Easton Gardens is well and truly a must to visit.
The walk starts at the old gatehouse, which is where the shop is - don't forget to pop back here after your walk as they have some lovely items for sale, including bulbs of snowdrops that you can take home to plant.
As the path winds round the grounds, you can hear the birds singing their tune whilst the snowdrops accompanied by the daffodils and crocuses dance in the wind.
It is worth knowing that whilst the top half of the garden is relatively flat, as you walk down into the lower gardens there are handrails but wheelchair users may find it tricky, but don't worry as there is plenty to see if you don't make it to the bottom half of the garden.
"Snowdrops: Theirs is a fragile but hardy celebration...in the very teeth of winter."
From the first day of the snowdrop week until Sunday 15th March, the garden's coach house will also be hosting a Botanical Art Exhibition focusing on the British Wildflowers. I would also recommend going to have a look round as they are all very talented, plus entry to the exhibition is include with your garden admission.
If there is one other thing I loved about the garden, apart from the flowers, it was just how peaceful it was and the fact that despite gardens are not everyone's cup of tea, it was great to see people of all ages enjoying a day out. Last year they made these amazing hanging snowdrop balls and I'm yet to find out how I can make one, or where I can buy some - I loved them!
Whilst the idea of taking your own lunch and a flask of a hot drink with you to sit and enjoy on your walk, the garden has a lovely tearoom situated next to their vegetable garden. Inside they offer dishes that have been made locally or onsite with their local produce grown on the grounds.
So what are you waiting for? Wrap up warm, grab your camera and head over to Easton Walled Gardens.
For more information about their Snowdrop Week, visit their website, and once you've visited let me know!