Snowdrop festival celebrates its fifth anniversary

Caroline McDonagh (28, originally from Belfast but now a teacher in Edinburgh) has a look at some of the first Snowdrops of the season during a stroll in the Botanic Gardens.
Caroline McDonagh (28, originally from Belfast but now a teacher in Edinburgh) has a look at some of the first Snowdrops of the season during a stroll in the Botanic Gardens.

The Scottish Borders magnificent snowdrop gardens are set to pull in the crowds once again this winter, as VisitScotland kicks off the fifth year of its annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival on February 1.

The gardens at Mellerstain House near Gordon as well as Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Kailzie Gardens, Cringletie House by Peebles, Dryburgh Abbey at St Boswells and Drumelzier Place are inviting visitors to experience the impressive displays of spring bloomage, reminding people of the beauty of the region during the winter months.

Around 50 gardens are included in the national festival which is set to bring a welcome boost for the gardens and the surrounding tourism businesses as the industry goes through its traditionally quieter months.

In the year of Active Scotland, the festival is a great way to encourage visitors to get out and about and enjoy a range of gardens and forest walks that are famed for their stunning snowdrops between February 1 and March 15.

The Snowdrop Festival forms part of VisitScotland’s Winter White campaign, which is promoting the Scottish Borders via a series of promotions from November to March this year.

Sandi Hellowell, regional director for VisitScotland, said: “The Scottish Borders is home to magnificent gardens and the Snowdrop Festival represents an important part of our Winter White campaign, as we look to promote the natural beauty of the region, especially during these months which are traditionally quieter.

“The Snowdrop Festival allows visitors to experience the Scottish Borders natural assets within a variety of surroundings, including woodland walks, stately homes and historic monument sites”

The Snowdrop Festival runs from February 1 until March 15. For more information on participating gardens and for information on offers and things to do throughout the winter months, visit www.visitscotland.com/snowdrops