Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016 – spotlight on Hodsock Priory
As you may remember from one of our recent blogs, 2016 is being hailed as the year of the English Garden and VisitEngland are celebrating all that is great about the nation’s wide variety of outdoor beauty spots.
Earlier this month we introduced the year of the English Garden and gave you a flavour of what to expect throughout the year from us on the subject, as we put the spotlight on Nottinghamshire’s contributions to this colourful celebration. Every month we will be sharing the county’s great gardens with you to offer a ‘snow-drop’ of inspiration for places to enjoy in 2016.
For January, we’re taking a peek at Hodsock Priory with its amazing floral displays throughout the year.
Bluebells in bloom at Hodsock Priory
If you visit Hodsock from 6th February – 6th March, then you’re in for a real treat as the snowdrops come into bloom with a sea of white across the floor of the 12 acres of Horsepasture Woods surrounding the historic Priory. 2016 marks a landmark year for Hodsock, as it celebrates 25 years of snowdrops as well as 250 years of residence at the priory.
You might not be aware, but there isn’t simply one type of snowdrop at Hodsock. Dozens of varieties exist and sprout year on year such as the Galanthus Atkinsii and the Galanthus Sam Arnot to name a few. You can also explore the Winter Garden and enjoy the stunning display and scent of Winter bloomers including Acers, Hellebores and Winter Honeysuckle. The horticulturists among you will definitely find a visit to see the snowdrops interesting but even if you’re not necessarily green fingered, it’s a fantastic spectacle to enjoy at what can be a very cold and bleak time of the year.
Don’t forget to stop by the campfire which is also home to the Woodland Cafe serving bacon and sausage butties, and hot drinks. The heated marquee is home to the tea room offering cream teas, homemade soups and hot chocolate drinks. There’s also a gift shop and plant sale – time to grow your own snowdrops display!
As well as the snowdrops marking the arrival of Spring to Nottinghamshire in February and March, Hodsock Priory plays host to many more spectacular displays throughout the year. The grounds are always graced by the presence of its historic veteran oak trees all year round which fill the air with luscious greenery in Spring and Summer as well as deep oranges and fiery reds in autumn – some of them can trace their ‘roots’ back 400 years! Pay the priory a visit in April and May and you will be welcomed by the stunning vivid colours of bluebells in bloom – another eye catching spectacle which really engulfs you in the arrival of Spring/Summer to the county.
Daily tours of the grounds and priory are available for visitors to enjoy during Snowdrops by George Buchannan and the team, offering a great insight into the history of the site. And for the little ones, the woodland playground is always a great place to have fun as well as offering the chance to discover new things by exploring the woodlands and gardens.
To discover more about what’s on at Hodsock Priory during 2016 as well as details on its gardens, snowdrops and bluebell displays, please visit the website. Keep checking in with us throughout 2016 for further inspiration on Nottinghamshire gardens to visit in 2016 – the year of the English Garden.