In the depths of winter, when the ground seems so barren and everything in nature dead or dormant, there is one tiny plant that brings the first hope that light and warmth is returning. The snowdrop.

This humble plant may seem quite unassuming but there is far more to this blub than you might suspect:


  1. Snowdrops aren’t all white. Some actually have yellow or even green flowers.
  2. There are over 1000 different varies which fascinating names like Colossus, Comet, Dopey, Pearl, Wasp and Magnet.
  3. Someone who collects (and adores ) snowdrops is known as a Galanthophile.
  4. A single rare snowdrop bulb sold at auction in 2012 for £725.
  5. Snowdrops are native to mainland Europe and the Middle East. They probably arrived in the UK with the Romans.

Cornish Snowdrops, a guide for Galanthophiles


Of course the easiest way to see snowdrops in Cornwall is to plant some in your garden! And very occasionally you might be lucky to find displays of this delicate plant in hedgerows and woodlands. There are also a few more formal setting where you can find this snowy gems. Here are our top picks for gardens you can visit to see snowdrops in Cornwall.

Tregoose, near Grampound

This typical Cornish country house was built in the Regency style in the 1840s and the gardens contain many rare and interesting plants including some 70 varieties of snowdrops. These little gems can be seen flowering at Tregoose between November and March.

Bosvigo, Truro

Known as Cornwall’s best kept secret this garden is close to Truro’s centre. Owned and created by Wendy Perry Bosvigo has a beautiful walled gardens that surround the house. The gardens are famous for their collections of herbaceous plants and unusual specimens but you will also find snowdrops in amongst the trees and shrubs.

Cornish Snowdrops, a guide for Galanthophiles

Trewithen, Probus

The name means ‘house of trees’ in Cornish and Trewithen has been home to the same family for some 300 years. The gardens south facing glade is revered as a masterpiece of landscaping and you can also see red squirrels in the woodland but during the winter snowdrops add a gentle display of colour to the quiet corners of the gardens. The nursey here, now closed, once produced thousands of blubs for sale each year.

Pentillie, St Mellion

Pentillie Castle dates back to 1698 and the extensive gardens and woodlands cover some 55 acres. In the spring these rather wild woodlands come alive with carpets of white flowers. Definitely worth taking the time to visit this often overlooked garden.

Pencarrow, Bodmin

Home to the Molesworth – St Aubyns family for almost 500 years Pencarrow is a Georgian gem not far from Bodmin Moor. The ancient gardens contain an Iron Age fort and are quite unique, they are in fact are Grade II listed. During the winter the old grounds burst with snowdrops and Pencarrow holds ‘Snowdrop Sundays’ every February to raise money for local charities. (10th and 17th Feb 2019)

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