Snowdrop Festival 2016 gardens open at Benington Lordship, Walkern Hall and other Hertfordshire properties

PUBLISHED: 10:21 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:48 14 February 2016

Walkern Hall in Hertfordshire will be one of the gardens involved in the Snowdrop Festival in February

Walkern Hall in Hertfordshire will be one of the gardens involved in the Snowdrop Festival in February

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Carpets of beautiful snowdrops will greet visitors to a number of Hertfordshire gardens as part of a national festival this month.

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The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is inviting members of the public to its first ever Snowdrop Festival.

The festival will see more than 100 gardens open across England and Wales in February, including four in Hertfordshire, giving visitors the opportunity to watch spring slowly unfurl from winter.

Gardens set to embrace the festival include Benington Lordship, Old Church Cottage, Rustling End Cottage, and Walkern Hall in Hertfordshire.

* Benington Lordship, near Stevenage, will be open on Saturday, February 13, from noon to 4pm.

The National Gardens Scheme is staging its first ever Snowdrop Festival in FebruaryThe National Gardens Scheme is staging its first ever Snowdrop Festival in February

Entry is £5, and it is free for children.

* Rustling End Cottage, near Codicote, will be open on Sunday, February 14, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

Entry costs £4.50, free for children.

* Walkern Hall, Stevenage, is open Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, from noon to 4.30pm.

Entry is £3.50, free for children.

* Old Church Cottage, Long Marston, Tring, is open Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, from 11.30am to 3pm.

Entry is £5, free for children. Mulled wine and muffins will be available.

Supported by Visit England, the Snowdrop Festival will kick-off Visit England’s ‘Year of the English Garden 2016’ campaign.

And you don’t have to be a ‘galanthophile’ to enjoy the festival.

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 a Snowdrop Festival garden is the perfect way to get some fresh air and really start looking forward to spring.

“Whether you want to admire the different varieties of snowdrops or just have a walk in lovely surroundings, visiting a National Gardens Scheme garden in February will be the perfect escape.”

Visitors to Snowdrop Festival gardens will also have the benefit of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting wonderful causes.

The National Gardens Scheme currently donates over £2.6 million annually to its nursing and caring beneficiary charities, which include Marie Curie and Carers Trust.

* Details of all NGS gardens opening for the Snowdrop Festival can be found on the NGS website at www.ngs.org.uk

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