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Welcome to our blog page in which we will pass on the comings and goings of the garden and keep you up to date with any changes during the season.  As a snowdrop garden open for one month a year, we might go quiet during the summer months, but we are still here! In fact the work starts in earnest the day after we close the gates for the season in order to prepare for the grand opening eleven months later. We post photos and blogs on both Instagram and Facebook during the season and beyond so please do subscribe.

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions will disrupt our opening plans at the last minute and we will post to here as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if we are affected. Please look here the evening before if you are planning to visit.

The arboretum will open in the autumn for walks amongst our fine collection of trees so please come and take a stroll around the gardens and lake as the colours change. Details will be posted on here in the late summer.

News and Blog

Colesbourne Gardens Workshop

On the 11th June, we are holding a gardens workshop at Colesbourne on the propagation of snowdrops. The day will consist of proactive practise in digging, moving and splitting bulbs, what to look out for when planting bulbs and then a session on twin-scaling led by one of the foremost snowdrop experts in the UK. You will get to practise twin-scaling and take home your endeavours at the end of the day. We are limiting tickets for this event to 12 in order to ensure all participants gain hands-on and in depth tutoring in this process.


The weather!

We are very sorry to announce that the gardens will not be able to open this coming weekend 24/25 February as planned. This was to be our last weekend, but the weather has had other plans for us and after some heavy and constant rain over the past two days, the gardens are now close to being underwater. The flooding has made the paths and the parking field unsafe for use and so the decision, although horrible, is the right one.



We hope everyone enjoyed the piece on Countryfile last night – filmed in the gardens in glorious sunshine ten days ago and looking resplendent! It was a bit different to yesterday where the rains had done as much as they could to disrupt and frustrate our wonderful visitors. We were forced to close the gates early as the parking field became a mud bath and  the garden paths challenging. With the rain and warmth of February, our snowdrops have pushed on towards the approaching spring but the cyclamen and croci are putting on an extraordinary show.


18th February


We have had a great deal of rain in the past 12 hours and the gardens and parking are very wet. Please be advised that we may not be able to keep the car park area open today, 18th February, as even now parking will be restricted. We would also advise that very sadly, disabled and wheelchair access is not suitable today. We are keeping our fingers crossed that next weekend we will be fine and dry!


Arboretum Tours Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October

The arboretum at Colesbourne has a magnificent collection of over 200 trees from around the world, collected by HJ Elwes FRS and added to over the past 50 years by Sir Henry Elwes. The parkland will be open from 12.00pm and Sir Henry and head gardener Katie Reynolds will lead hourly guided tours each afternoon.

Many of the trees in the collection are recognised as the largest of their size in the United Kingdom (Champion Trees) and one oriental plane has been registered as one of the 70 UK trees to celebrate the late Queens Jubilee.


End of the Season

Colesbourne Gardens is now closed for the season! We would like to thank all our visitors this year ….and the weather for allowing the gardens to be accessible throughout the month. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to next year. Now the work starts in earnest, clearing ground and preparing where we will plant next year. Please keep watching this page for updates through the year and for other opening times of the arboretum in late summer. Don’t forget,


Carolyn Elwes

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Carolyn passed away on 23rd December 2022 after suffering a stroke. She was the lifeblood running through the snowdrops at Colesbourne Gardens and her loss will be very keenly felt by all who knew her. Generous, kind, thoughtful, artistic and  knowledgeable are but a few of the adjectives we have heard over the past week, but these do not yet cover the superlatives that she gave us. Instrumental in the formation of the collection here,


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