County Carlow Snowdrop Festival is back this February. Celebrate the start of spring by exploring these beautiful and nationally important snowdrop gardens like Altamont Gardens, Huntington Castle, Burtown House, Ballykealy Manor and Shankill Castle. There will be a great selection of snowdrops and specialist speakers.
Snowdrop Gala & Other Spring Treasures at Ballykealey Manor Hotel
Saturday 3rd February 2018
An enjoyable day exploring the first flower of spring with speakers Graham Gough ‘Spring Bedfellows’ and Jim Almond ‘Snowdrops in the Green’. Programme includes full guided tour of Altamont Gardens with Paul Cutler, Head Gardener and Specialist Plant Sale with snowdrops and other spring plants.
Location: Ballykealey Manor Hotel, Ballon, Co. Carlow and Altamont Plant Sales, Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.735129, -6.720966
Snowdrop Month at Burtown House
From Saturday 3rd February – Wednesday 28th February 2018 (Wednesday – Sunday weekly)
Snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and early bulbs signal the first signs of spring. The Gallery exhibition hosts “February Flowers” – an exhibition of mainly snowdrop paintings by different botanical artists. The Green Barn Restaurant, serves hearty brunches and lunches using produce from their organic kitchen garden. Booking for lunch and dinner (Friday and Saturday) recommended.
Location: Burtown House, Ballytore, Athy, Co. Kildare
GPS: 52.996672, -6.870744
Snowdrop Weekend at Shankill Castle
Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th February 2018
Enjoy the spectacular early spring bulbs and carpet of snowdrops on February 10th & 11th at Shankill Castle. Castle tours are available by appointment.
Location: Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny
GPS: 52.686529, -7.021772
Snowdrop Week at Altamont Gardens
Monday 12th – Sunday 18th February 2018
A great opportunity to view this unique collection, first started by Corona North, former owner of the gardens, and now amongst the largest in Ireland, with over 100 named varieties. Daily guided tours at 2 p.m. (admission €3) with Head Gardener, Paul Cutler. Gardens are open, free admission 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. for general viewing. Advance booking of group tours requested.
Location: Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059- 915 9444
w: www.heritageireland.ie or www.carlowgardentrail.com
GPS: 52.735129, -6.720966
Snowdrop Weekend at Huntington Castle
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th February 2018
An original 17th century garden, the wilderness and parterre areas have undergone extensive restoration in recent years. Highlights include the 500 year old yew walk and a number of champion trees. Within this setting are some charming woodland walks with snowdrop and spring bulb plantings. Open 11 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Location: Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow
t: 053-937 7160 e: email@example.com
GPS: 52.690404, -6.649131
Check out www.carlowgardentrail.com for further details if required