Colesbourne Park Glos , is a snowdrop stronghold with over 250 named and labelled culitvars, dating back to its own heritage snowdrop Galanthus elwessii discovered by and named after Henry John Elwes plant hunter and botanist in 1874. His grandson , Henry Elwes continues to develop and expand the plethora of snowdrops on the estate he inherited.
The woodland and park land is smothered in a flurry of robust snowdrops , and is open form the end of January throughout February to visitors.
Galanthophiles can choose to buy pot grown specimens from an astonishing collection of some 75 different cultivars, from G.elwesii at £3.00 to G. Elwesii 'George', named after Sir Henrys late son.
There are 15 new snowdrop introductions in to Colesbourne in 2016( not necessarily new to the snowdrop world) including( see photos)
'Fiona's Gold', 'Kildare', 'Anglesey Orange Tips', 'Green Tear', 'Margaret Biddulph.'
The trend towards colour on the outer petals of the snowdrop continues with green prevalent, though pale peach is now appearing too( Anglesey Orange Tips) Yellow snowdrops, with golden ovary continue to be popular, 'Colesbourne' add 'Fiona's Gold' to the renowned 'Carolyn Elwes'.
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