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Snowdrop weekends at Chelsea Physic Garden (London, UK) February 5/6 and 12/13 2011

14 January 2011

Details of the event, from the Chelsea Physic Garden, are below:

Join us at London's oldest botanic garden for a snowdrop extravaganza!

Discover dozens of different types on the Snowdrop Trail and enjoy browsing the wide selection of snowdrops and other winter-flowering plants on sale from specialist nurseries.  The Garden is also the perfect place for a romantic Valentine's stroll.

Author Hanneke Van Dijk will be at the Garden during the first weekend talking about and signing her new book Galanthomania.  Snowdrops (Galanthus) are incredibly popular flowers and are even becoming a collector's item.  People are prepared to pay high prices for snowdrop bulbs at auctions and online.  But among growers and collectors, both professional and amateur, there is a continuing need for reliable information.  This makes Galanthomania a must for all snowdrop lovers, as it provides an alphabetic overview, including photos, of 500 snowdrop varieties, together with a useful key for identification. 

During both weekends, our beekeeper Peter James will be sharing the secrets of honey production in two short talks by the beehives each day and our Head Gardener Nick Bailey and Senior Gardener Beth Barber will be leading short tours to explain redevelopment plans for the monocot beds.

The Snowdrop Days are a rare chance to enjoy the Garden's many fragrant shrubs and bulbs in winter, as it is otherwise closed to the general public until April.  Breakfast, brunch, warming stew and mulled wine will be served by the acclaimed Tangerine Dream Café. 

Free guided tours will highlight winter-flowering shrubs and the Shop will be selling a wide range of Garden gifts and publications including the new cookbook and memorable dates diary, Tangerine Dream: A Year in Chelsea Physic Garden, and Snowdrop Days, detailing the history of the very British obsession with these delicate flowers.

Chelsea Physic Garden, founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673, is London's oldest botanic garden and Chelsea's best kept secret, a unique living museum.  The Garden, hidden behind high walls next to the River Thames, was created to promote the study of useful plants.  Highlights include Europe's oldest rock garden, the Tropical Corridor and Victorian fern house, as well as 5,000 different named plants.  The Garden's licensed café serves delicious homemade cakes and light lunches.

Admission:  Adults (inc Senior Citizens) £8;  Concessions: Children (5-15 yrs), students and unemployed £5.  Under 5s free.  Friends of the Garden plus one guest: Free.  Please note that a maximum of two children will be admitted per adult.


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