Guest Blog from Caroline Gould at Discover Scottish Gardens - Love February
Discover Scottish Gardens showcases and promotes some of Scotland’s best gardens and related businesses through our four plant festivals, social media and incredible A1 printed map. From the Highlands to the Scottish Borders, there are hundreds of Scottish gardens, woodlands and plant nurseries open to visitors. We are looking forward to taking part in the Scottish Garden Show and as part of their Love February theme, we thought we’d share why you should love gardens, even in February.
The Scottish Snowdrop Festival has been running as part of Discover Scottish Gardens since 2015 and has helped promote Scotland’s incredible snowdrop collection. The last two years, we have teamed up with Scotland’s Garden Scheme to offer an even bigger and better festival, but this year we’ve had to adapt due to the lockdown.
The Snowdrop Festival is mostly virtual this year with the exception of a few gardens who are able to remain open. The good news about this is we get to share even more snowdrops with everyone online and across the world. February may still be a bit dark, cold, and rainy (for most of us in Scotland), but that’s no reason not to love winter gardens! Even at this time of year, gardens bring hope and cheer to so many, once the snowdrops and aconites peep through the ground.
So what can you do to love February? Why not go hunting for snowdrops or other early spring bulbs? The fresh air will certainly lift spirits and there are many woodlands and public spaces where you can find these spectacular flowers in bloom, such as the Riverside Park in Perth or Barnhill Rock Garden in Dundee. Following government guidelines, if you live nearby to Cambo Gardens or the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then you can also visit these beautiful gardens and their wonderful snowdrop displays in person.
However, if you find you can’t venture outdoors to enjoy the snowdrops, then you can tune into Discover Scottish Gardens Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter where we’ll be sharing amazing photos of snowdrop collections from across the country and even some virtual snowdrop events and activities.
Visit us online at www.Discoverscottishgardens.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for snowdrop and other seasonal features in the garden as well as inspiration for your outings and adventures post-lockdown.
Please remember to always check and plan ahead of any visits. Some gardens remain closed and many hope to reopen soon. If you do plan to visit, please be aware of entrance fees and honesty boxes requiring cash payments.
To secure your tickets to The Scottish Garden Show, its best to pre-purchase tickets online here.