Looking for a light at the end of this long, gloomy winter? Spring is closer than you might think, as shown by Chelsea Physic Garden’s ‘Heralding Spring’ event, which reveals a spectacular trail of snowdrops – one of the first signs of warmer days to come.
During the week-long annual event, visitors are invited to view the collection of over 120 species of snowdrop, specially curated across a botanical oasis by the horticultural team. A series of walks, talks and workshops will be taking place, including a guided tour with one of the UK’s leading snowdrop experts Joe Sharman. Guests can also learn how to create a snowdrop kokedame at the Garden’s popular workshop, and peruse the pop-up shop.
While you’re there, the lovely Physic Garden Café is also well worth a visit, and there’s plenty to see across the gardens including Europe’s oldest rockery, the Garden of Medicinal Plants, the Garden of Edible & Useful Plants, and The World Woodland Garden.
Snowdrops – or galanthus, the scientific name translating as ‘milk flower’ – are traditionally seen as a symbol of hope at the end of the winter. Despite the cold these hardy flowers can be found thriving in pastures across the country between January and March, often appearing en masse, with over 2,500 different varieties.
The oldest botanical garden in London tucked away behind The Thames, The Chelsea Physic Garden houses around 5,000 different plants. It was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants, and by the 18th century it had become one of the world’s most important centres of botany and plant exchange.
25 January – 2 February 2020
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS
Entry costs £9.50pp or £8.50 online, members are free. Chelsea Physic Garden is open from 11am-4pm. chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk