Snowdrops take a star turn at Cambo

Snowdrops by Starlight at Cambo Estate. Photo: Walter Neilson.
Snowdrops by Starlight at Cambo Estate. Photo: Walter Neilson.

The annual Cambo Snowdrop Festival will return later this month with a host of activities and events.

The festival aims to encourage locals and tourists alike to enjoy the wonders of Scotland’s gardens during the snowdrop flowering period and highlight the diversity of the country’s array of snowdrop collections.

Supported by VisitScotland, the festival is being organised for the first time this year by garden tourism organisation Discover Scottish Gardens. 

Catherine Erskine, chairwoman of Discover Scottish Gardens, founder of the Snowdrop Festival in Scotland and trustee of Cambo Gardens, said: “We are very lucky in Scotland to have a fantastic climate for snowdrops, with many species thriving here and creating stunning displays. And this year, due to a mild winter, snowdrops are certainly popping their heads out earlier than they have for many years.”

From Saturday, January 27 to Sunday, March 11, Cambo Gardens will be hosting events and activities for all ages and interests as part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

Key events include the launch, ‘Imbolc family bonfire party’, on February 2 at 4pm.

Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

The event will celebrate the lengthening days with warming crafts, music, parade, bonfire and snowdrop sausage sizzle.

During the school half term families will be invited to create imaginative feats of art and engineering using natural materials to create something to float, hang or move as part of the steam snowdrop spectacular design challenge.

Other events taking place include snowdrop sketch walks through the woodlands, wildcraft activities for families and a course with Head Gardener Elliott Forsyth in designing a modern Winter Garden.

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