Virtual Snowdrop Festival?

The winter flowers are having a vintage year in Devon in the unfortunate absence of visitors. William Morris in the Guardian. January 2021.

Pic: Olga Subach, Unsplash.

There was a sense of excitement at the Garden House in Devon this weekend. A Galanthus “Primrose Warburg”, a charming white and yellow snowdrop, had just appeared. “It is a lovely one,” said visitor services manager Karen Willcocks. “It’s just a pity more people can’t be here to see it.”

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Usually at this time of year, snowdrop aficionados – galanthophiles – are heading to the village of Buckland Monachorum in their droves to spy examples of the beloved flower in the grounds of the Garden House. As the days lengthen and February approaches, wonderful, subtle-scented, crowd-pleasing drifts form.

But 2021’s Garden House snowdrop festival has become another casualty of the Covid crisis: a huge shame, because this harbinger of spring is putting on one of its best shows ever on the edge of Dartmoor. Local people are being allowed in to take their permitted exercise, but most galanthophiles will have to stay away.

However, to try to fill the gap, the Garden House is staging what it confidently believes to be the UK’s first “virtual snowdrop festival”.

The virtual festival will run until 28 February and can be viewed on Facebook and on Instagram.

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