Welcoming the first signs of Spring
February 1 – February 29, 2024
The delicate white and green blooms of the snowdrop peeping through the cold winter ground heralds the start of the gardening year.
Their arrival is celebrated throughout some of County Carlow’s fantastic gardens by a dedicated series of events during February.
Guided Tours of the Snowdrop Collection at Altamont Gardens
The very popular Snowdrop Month at Altamont Gardens runs from February 1st to 29th and is a great opportunity to view this unique cole3ction, now amongst the largest in Ireland, with over 150 named varieties. This 40-acre estate, on the banks of the River Slaney near Tullow features an enchanting blend of formal, informal and wild gardens. Guided tours take place each Monday – Friday throughout February at 2pm. and group tours by appointment.
Snowdrop Month in Arboretum’s inspirational Gardens
Come and see the snowdrops in Arboretum’s Inspirational gardens. Arboretum’s founder Rachel Doyle, created the gardens in 2010 to inspire her customers. Rachel likes to say that snowdrops wake up the Inspirational Gardens, as they are the first to flower every year; and there is something different very month after that. There are a few thousand snowdrop bulbs in the gardens made up of Galanthus ‘Flore Pleno’, which produces dainty fragrant double-white flowers, and the pure white Galanthus ‘Mount Everest’, a large strong variety perfect for the naturalising. In the shop, find an array of potted snowdrops including ‘Mount Everest’ and the common snowdrop ‘Nivalis’.
Garden, Woodlands and Castle Tours at Huntington Castle
Snowdrop fun for all the family is on offer each weekend during Snowdrop Month at Huntington Castle. These historic 17th century grounds feature a collection of snowdrops to be enjoyed along with the French limes on the avenue, the lawns to the side of the house, the walk through the wilderness and the Yew Tree area. After the gardens head back to the castle where a guided tour of the house is available – or simply take a well-earned break in the cosy tea room, serving delicious locally baked treats and hot drinks. To get the full Huntington experience consider a stay in one of their beautiful castle rooms or the self-catering cottages. Children’s adventure playground is open.
Craft & Coffee at An Gairdin Beo
An Gairdin Beo is a community garden in the centre of Carlow town where people garden together and then reap the rewards together. This craft and coffee morning celebrates the snowdrop through various arts.