Early-blooming gardens to lift winter gloom in Northamptonshire

Snowdrops are among the first flowers to be seen in Northamptonshire this year
Snowdrops are among the first flowers to be seen in Northamptonshire this year

Gardens likely to see spectacular crops of snowdrops in Northamptonshire have been named by the National Garden Scheme.

Early blooms are expected at Boughton House in Geddington, Rosemount in Hollowell, Greywalls in Farndish and in March for crocuses as well at 67-69 High Street in Finedon.

George Plumptre, chief executive of The National Gardens Scheme, said: ‘With not very much to do outside at this time of year, a visit to an NGS garden is the perfect way to get some fresh air and shake off the gloom of winter.

“February always produces wonderful displays of snowdrops and other late-winter delights, and there are many NGS gardens open at this time where they can be discovered.

“So whether you want to admire the plants or just have a walk in lovely surroundings, visiting an NGS garden in the coming weeks will be the perfect escape.’

Visitors to NGS gardens will also have the satisfaction of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting valuable causes, as about 80p in every £1 collected goes straight to the NGS beneficiary charities, which include Macmillan Cancer Support and Carers Trust.

Details of all NGS garden openings can be found at www.ngs.org.uk

-Rosemount (part of Hollowell Gardens group), 18 Church Hill, Hollowell, Northamptonshire, NN6 8RR

February opening features their collection of over 200 different snowdrops, hellebores and unusual spring bulbs. In August the garden is full of colour and interest with unusual shrubs, herbaceous and clematis

Open: Sun 22 Feb (11-3)

-Boughton House, Geddington, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1BJ

The Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. The garden opening incl opportunities to see the historic walled kitchen garden and herbaceous border incl the newly created sensory and wildlife gardens. The wilderness woodland will open for visitors to view the spring flowers or the autumn colours. As a special treat the garden originally created by Sir David Scott (cousin of the Duke of Buccleuch) will also be open

Open: For NGS: Sun 1 Mar, Sun 25 Oct (11-3)

-Greywalls, Farndish, Northamptonshire, NN29 7HJ

Over 100 varieties of snowdrops, drifts of hardy cyclamen and hellebores. Alpine house and raised alpine beds. Water features and natural ponds with views over open countryside. Rare breed hens

Open: Sun 1 Mar (12-4). Visitors also welcome by arrangement, Coaches welcome

-67-69 High Street (part of Finedon Gardens group), Finedon, Northamptonshire, NN9 5JN

Spring garden with snowdrops and hellebores, summer and autumn borders all giving varied interest from Feb through to Oct

Open: Sun 8 Mar (11-3). Evening Openings £3.50, chd free, Visitors also welcome by arrangement Feb to Sept