Colesbourne Study Day

Snowdrop Study Day

Snowdrop Study Days

Tuesday 11th June 2024 – The Propagation of Snowdrops

We are holding an inaugural garden workshop at Colesbourne on Tuesday 11th June 2024, in which we will look specifically at the movement and propagation of snowdrops.

The day will be split into two starting with a discussion and hands on experience on the digging and replanting of snowdrops to achieve the desired effects in gardens, and what to look for in bulbs to give you the best chance of success.

The second part of the day will be a demonstration and practical session in the art of twin-scaling bulbs. We have an esteemed snowdrop cultivator in Anne Wright of Dryad Nursery who will guide attendees through the process, and you will be able to take home your efforts in order to plant on in your gardens.

The course is strictly limited to 12 people to give everyone the best hands-on experience in the process and coffee, tea and cake will be provided.  You can bring your own lunch to eat in the gardens or can book lunch at the Colesbourne Inn or The Old Rectory Restaurant.

The cost for the day is £75.00, payable by cheque or bank transfer beforehand.

If you would be interested in the event, please do get in contact with us as soon as possible in order to reserve your place.


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