The Garden House snowdrop festival goes ahead – online

Garden House. Head Gardener Nick Haworth examines a Daphne Camellia.

The Garden House in Buckland Monachorum on Dartmoor opened its gates to the public on 15th January. The snowdrops are blooming but the garden will see a drastically reduced footfall this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Many loyal visitors who come from all over the country every year for the annual snowdrop festival will not be able to make their pilgrimage, so the Garden House has decided to move their festival online.

Because the garden is adhering to government guidance and only admitting people from the local area, the management team said the decision was made to put the festival online after the public reaction to restricting the event was ‘so overwhelming’.

Karen Willocks, the garden’s manager, said the team were disappointed not to be able to
‘share our amazing display this year with our garden loving community’ but ‘really excited’ about the new way for people to access the grounds and flowers, giving people something to look forward to by way of daily updates and live streams from the garden.

For locals who are able to spend their daily exercise time in the gardens, they are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm.

The gardens will adhere to government guidelines: masks must be worn when required, strict social distancing will be observed and you may walk in groups of up to two or in your own bubble.

Picnics will not be permitted and the cafe will be closed. The toilets will be open and cleaned regularly.

If you are not considered to be making a local visit, you may be turned away. For more information, visit www.thegardenhouse.org.uk/

Author: Ben Fox

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