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Snowdrops can be planted as a display section among other plants.
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Events 2019
Below is a list of Snowdrop Events planned for the year.  So far, only Bellefield House has submitted details for 2019 - all others are 2018.  As new events come to our attention, they will be posted here. A new Blog site - Inspire Me Ireland, now features some snowdrop events from around the country. You can visit the page by clicking HERE.

January 22nd - Feb 14th

Bellefield Gardens, Shinrone, Co. Offaly will open for snowdrop viewing from  22nd January to 10th February,  11am to 4.30pm.  A very early display this year following the hot summer and mild wet winter. Almost 300 varieties of snowdrop carpet the walled garden, woodland and driveway  along with hellebores, cyclamen, aconite and iris reticulata and scented shrubs hamamelis and daphne.
Snowdrops, white bells and narcissi for sale.

Entrance €5.

Visit the nearby Church of Ireland in Shinrone village where the grounds are covered with a carpet of snowdrops.

Coming Soon!

Angela Jupe
Angela is currently putting the final touches to her book on Irish Snowdrops which will be available later this year.  It would make a nice Christmas present!


Those Below are 2018 Events!  

February 3rd

Snowdrop Gala & other Spring Treasures
Ballykealey Manor Hotel [near Altamont], Ballon, Carlow
Saturday 3rd February 2018
Graham Gough & Jim Almond
Hester Forde. Coonheen Garden, T 086 865 4972 E
Robert Miller, Altamont Plants, E
Download the brocure and application form HERE




Hester Forde's beautiful garden with its collection of Irish Snowdrops,  Coosheen in Cork will be featured in the January issue of Garden's Illustrated...Look out for new and old varieties of snowdrops which have been found in ireland over the years. See entry below for 10th/11th February.


Burtown House and Gardens
Athy, Co. Kildare.
Have snowdrop month.  
Open from February 3rd - March 1st. Every Wednesday - Sunday 10.00am - 17.30pm
February is one of our favourite months here at Burtown. We have old and extensive well established displays of naturalised snowdrops in the garden and woodland, and all down the avenue, as well as about 60 varieties of more recently planted special snowdrops.  Our aconites have, in 300 years spread into magnificent carpets of yellow, under trees and throughout the garden.
Hellebore, iris, daphne, and a lawn planted with early bulbs of spreading cyclamen, anemones, snowdrops, narcissus, tulips,crocus etc, make Burtown well worth a visit at this time of year.

Tel: + 353 59 8623865
M: + 353 86 2631485
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February 10th

Snowdrops and Spring Bulbs .  The good, the bad and the indifferent.
Location  Woodville, Kilchreest, Galway, Ireland
Contact  Margarita 087/9069191
Guest Speaker Paul Smyth
Paul is a Waterford Institute of Technology trained horticulturalist and a native of Nurney, Co Carlow. He’s been working for the past two years in the UK in two of the top specialist nurseries.  He’s currently the Gardener at Crug Farm Plants, a mecca for new, unusual and rare plants. His biggest passion is for bulbs and spring flowering plants, but through my work he has become increasingly interested in wild collected and species plants, particularly woody plants. In November 2016 he put what he had learnt to the ultimate test by joining a plant hunting expedition to the North of Vietnam.
He will be talking about the weird and wonderful world of snowdrops, his experience on them and opinions having worked with them in the nursery trade, giving what he believes are the best snowdrops to grow in your garden. He’ll also focus on other spring flowering bulbs to extend the interest long into the early summer. He will also touch on his plant hunting adventure to Vietnam last year, and pointing out the plants that Woodville are trailing in their west of Ireland walled garden and our expectations for them.

The garden will reopen from the Ist of February with a guided snowdrop tour each week-end Friday to Sunday at 2 pm for the month of February.

February 10th/11th 2018

The garden of Patrick & Hester Forde
15 Johnstown Park, Glounthaune, Co. Cork
Eircode: T45CC42
Contact Hester: 086-8654972

Open Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th February
11am – 3pm
For Snowdrop Event.  Download Brochure here.

February 22nd

Coolcarrigan House
Home of Robert Wilson Wright, will be open from 22nd February to March 2nd.
The Wilson Wright family has been gardening at Coolcarrigan for six generations.  Today, the results of that work are seen in the classic Victorian garden, rockeries, lily pond, herbaceous borders, lawns, greenhouses and impressive collection of shrubs and trees, which today stands at many thousands.  
The present owner, Robert Wilson Wright, is the most recent member of the family to continue the tradition.  Minding an inheritance is important, but Robert also displays an infectious enthusiasm for the garden that stretches well beyond simple guardianship.  In the last decade, he has added a further six acres and two hundred and fifty species of trees to the growing venture.  Pooled knowledge and work over such a long period lends this garden a special place in Irish horticulture as well as its own unique personality.

2-6pm daily

Primrose Hill
Primrose Lane, Lucan, Co Dublin
Primrose Hill is a most endearing garden and the way it is hidden away down a laneway in the middle of Lucan gives a pleasing sense of discovery. An avenue of beech trees with bulbs and cyclamen around their feet offers a suitably grand approach to a charming Regency House attributed to Gandon. Behind it is a garden full of colourful plant characters, created by two generations of the Hall family, with many lovely old fashioned cultivars.
Primrose Hill is one of the most charming gardens in the country.  Attached to a fine Regency house attributed to the famous eighteenth-century architect James Gandon, it is a plantsman’s garden, created over the past fifty years by the Hall family.  That said, it has the look of a garden from another age; an old-fashioned, quirky, personal and colourful place, chock-full of plants, flowers and scents.
The impressive, hardworking Robin Hall tends this stuffed-to-capacity garden. His mother Cecily began the work here in the 1950s when she took on the long-neglected site, turning it into a garden with a particular leaning towards old-fashioned cultivars.  The garden now has one of the largest collections of small flowering plants in the country, a famous collection of snowdrops, which can be seen during the spring, many varieties of lobelias and a developing five-acre arboretum.

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