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Time to visit one of North West’s finest Snowdrop Walks


After waving good-bye to the last of the snow, it’s time to say hello to one of the most spectacular displays of snowdrops in the North West, at Rode Hall and Gardens in Scholar Green, Cheshire from 30th January until 7th March 2010.

With over fifty different varieties of snowdrops to be seen in the magnificent setting of Rode’s Humphry Repton landscape, this mile-long walk (approximately) is a perfect morning or afternoon out in the fresh air for nature-lovers of all ages.  The swathes of cascading white flowers at Rode are a sight to behold and one of Cheshire’s little known natural treasures.

The snowdrops attract followers from all over the country such is the appeal of these exquisite flowers that herald the start of spring.  Delicate and yet at the same time robust, they, along with blue-bells are perhaps one of our most loved flowers – whether magically carpeting country paths in the wild or after planting in the borders in our own gardens.  They simply cheer the soul and tell us we have another year of flora in store.

Other winter plants and shrubs at Rode Hall and Gardens add to the experience as does the fine tea-room that serves home-made goodies on a daily basis.  You can even buy a bulb or two for your own garden – it will take time and space to create any kind of dramatic display but if you are lucky – plant one and the following year you will get two, then four, then eight – so given time, your endeavour will certainly pay off.


This will be the eighth year that Sir Richard Baker Wilbraham and his wife Anne have shared their wonderful garden with the general public.  The snowdrops were originally introduced by Sibella Egerton at the time of her marriage to Randle Wilbraham in 1833.
Following on from the popularity of last year, the parish church of All Saints, Odd Rode, will be decorated with snowdrops and other winter flowers and there will be an exhibition of paintings by local artists from 10th February to 28th February.

The highly popular Farmers Market with over 50 stall holders and entertainment will be held on 6th February and 6th March 2010 from 9.30am – 1.30pm when visitors will be able to purchase some outstanding local produce as well as view the snowdrops.

Said Sir Richard, “After all the recent bad weather we are hoping that people will be ready to enjoy the outdoors and see that Spring is on its way.  The snowdrop walks really are something quite special and we would urge everyone to come and enjoy their time with us and see this absolutely delightful natural phenomenon.  Whether you’re an enthusiast, a gardener, a family looking for something fun to do for a couple of hours - the walks really will thrill and inspire everyone.”

Rode Hall Gardens is one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction.
For further information on the Snowdrop Walks, Rode Hall and the Rode Hall Farmers Market please visit


Snowdrop Opening Times 2010

Saturday 30th January to Sunday 7th March 2010

Garden Open

Daily except Mondays and Tuesdays 12.00pm to 4.00pm.


Adults: £4.00
Senior Citizens and Children over 16: £3.00
RHS/HHA Members Free

Dogs on a lead welcome.


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