‘Exceptional year’ for Kiplin Hall’s snowdrops and aconites

Snowdrops at Kiplin Hall. Photo: Judith Harper.

An exceptional display of snowdrops and aconites is expected this Spring at Kiplin Hall near Scorton.

Kiplin’s Gardens and Tea Room will open for the 2019 season on Saturday, February 2 for the 2019 season.

The hall will open on March 30.

Kiplin Hall is a is a Jacobean, Grade I listed, historic house.

Head gardener Chris Baker, said: “It’s going to be an exceptional display this year, and will be in all of its glory when Kiplin opens on the 2 February – the timing will be perfect.

“This cold snap means the delightful floral tapestry should last for a number of weeks. There’ll be no snow to hide them, it really is going to be the best display for our visitors in years.

There are more than 150 varieties of snowdrop, and the keen-eyed visitor will be able to spot a selection of them as they follow the special snowdrop trails around Kiplin’s gardens.

Several rare specimens have been spotted at Kiplin in the past, including Galanthus Wendy’s Gold that were identified in the gardens a couple of years ago.

There are three snowdrop trails exploring different areas of Kiplin’s 400-year-old estate.

The trails take between 20 and 45 minutes to walk.

Visitors are reminded to bring their cameras and wellies, as the routes are sticky, and uneven underfoot in places.

Trail maps can be collected upon arrival from the admission’s desk inside the Hall.