Colesbourne Study Day

Snowdrop Study Day

Snowdrop Study Day

Meet other enthusiasts, learn more about snowdrops and their companion plants in the winter garden from experts and enjoy a private viewing of the Colesbourne snowdrop collection.

Our 2024 Study Day at Colesbourne Gardens will be held on Tuesday 13th February 2024, starting at 10.30am.  For an instructive and informative deep dive into snowdrops and winter/spring gardening.  Please note the study day is now fully booked.

Below is the itinerary for the Study Day on Tuesday 13th February 2024:

10.30 am

Assemble for coffee at Colesbourne Park (entrance via Gulf filling station on A435).  A sales table will also be open.

11.00 am

Talk:  Dr John Grimshaw – “Revitalising Colesbourne Snowdrop and Arboretum Collections”

12.00 pm

Tour of the Garden with Katie Reynolds, Head Gardener and Sir Henry Elwes

1.00 pm

Lunch break: please bring your own refreshments or order at the nearby Colesbourne Inn or Old Rectory Restaurant

2.15 pm

Talk:  Mary Keen “Snowdrops and Spring Colours”

3.00 pm

Question and Answer session.

3.30 pm

Tea and biscuits. Sales table open.

Numbers are strictly limited to 35 participants. Cost £45 per person.

For further information or to book a place please contact:


Telephone: 01242 870264


G. x 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'
G. x 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'

Guest speakers in previous years:

Dr John Grimshaw

Dr John Grimshaw was Gardens Manager at Colesbourne Park 2003-2012 and worked with Sir Henry and Lady Elwes to restore and develop the gardens, adding many new features and plantings. These included the Spring Garden with a diversity of plants to accompany the snowdrops, lakeside planting with hellebores and coloured stems, and the addition of crocus and cyclamen between the snowdrops.

Examining Snowdrop
John Grimshaw explaining unusual inner markings

Naomi Slade

Naomi Slade is a journalist , author, designer and consultant. She works extensively within the gardening and lifestyle media as a writer and broadcaster and lectures on a range of specialist subjects. A biologist by training, naturalist by inclination, and with a lifelong love of plants and winter gardening, she is the author of the critically acclaimed “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops” (Timber Press) and has presented on the subject on BBC Gardeners’ World. Naomi is also an award-winning designer of show gardens and other exhibits.

Snowdrop Study
Bulb chips prepared for propagation
Colesbourne is a library for beauty and hard work. The study day is such a wonderful treasure of annual anticipation.
Visitor 2018