Winterthur Snowdrop Event

Crocus tommasianus

Snow crocus in the courtyard behind the house at Winterthur.

If you are crazy about snowdrops and other winter-blooming plants like snowflakes (leucojum), snow crocus, winter aconite, adonis, and glory-of-the-snow (chionodoxa), then a visit to the March Bank at Winterthur should be on your lifetime bucket list.  The display is as magnificent as anything found at the great British snowdrop estates.  The best time to see it is at the annual Winterthur Bank to Bend Lecture and snowdrop event, being held this year on Saturday, March 12, details below.

Nursery News:  Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.


Hellebore Collage 2016

Some of the hellebores I am bringing to Winterthur, clockwise from upper left: Mango Magic, Apricot Blush, Blue Diamond, Rio Carnival, Sparkling Diamond, Painted, and True Love.


The speaker for Bank to Bend is Lady Carolyn Elwes, who, with her husband, owns Colesbourne Park, considered the premier snowdrop venue in England.  She even has a beautiful yellow snowdrop named after her.  Carolyn’s Shade Gardens will be selling snowdrops, including a limited selection of some rarer cultivars, hellebores, cyclamen, and winter aconite.  There will be guided and self-guided tours of the March Bank.  It is worth the trip even if you are not local.  Here are the details and more photos to entice you:


 Giant snowdrops and winter aconite on the March Bank at Winterthur.


March 12
Winterthur’s Bank to Bend Garden Lecture, Plant Sale, Tour and Snowdrop Event

Enjoy the spectacle of the March Bank clothed in snowdrops, winter aconite, adonis, and early snowflake in flower.

Bank to Bend Features:

• A lecture by Lady Carolyn Elwes, who will share the story of how a garden of private obsession grew into one of international importance in her 11:00 am talk, “Snowdrops at Colesbourne, Gloucestershire.”

• Sales of rare and unusual plants by Carolyn’s Shade Garden (, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

• Guided tours of the March Bank, starting at the Visitor Center at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm.

• A self-guided “White Arrow” tour through the March Bank, starting at the Visitor Center and available all day.

• Special Spring Tour Experience through the House and Conservatory available all day.

Lecture: $10 per member. $20 per nonmember. Free for Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members. All other activities (tours and plant sales) are included with admission.

For more information and to register, visit or call 800.448.3883..

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The Winterthur house is considered the premier museum of American decorative arts and is worth a visit in and of itself.


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Another view of the house.


Galanthus and Eranthis at Winterthur photo Winterthur

Snowdrops and winter aconite at Winterthur.


Chionodoxa on the March Bank photo Winterthur

Glory-of-the-snow follows the snowdrops.


Galanthus nivalis and Eranthis

Snowdrops and winter aconite at Winterthur.


Adonis amurensis

Adonis is abundant


Leucojum vernum

Snowflakes at Winterthur



Snowflakes (leucojum)


Crocus tomasinianus


I hope you can make it on Saturday—it is well worth the trip no matter where you are coming from.



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12 Responses to “Winterthur Snowdrop Event”

  1. Love your photo series, such a stunning introduction to spring.

  2. I am looking for forward to getting together with fellow Galanthaphiles!

  3. How I wish I could be there, I’ll just have to make do with your beautiful snowdrops. We have been to Colesbourne a couple of times, I think Lady Carolyn will feel at home at Winterthur, the views in her garden are very similar.

  4. norma baxter brown Says:

    thank you for your emails…i am an avid amature gardner…i will love any plant…you name it…i love it…and i cherish some of my so called weeds…wish i could have been at winterhur but at 82 its not so easy to get around…

  5. Winterthur is one of my favorite places to visit in Spring. The Snow Crocus are beautiful.

  6. These pics make my heart sing…it is on my bucket list for sure!

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