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Snowdrop Walks

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From 03/02/2018 to 04/03/2018


Rode Hall, Church Lane, Scholar Green, Scholar green, Stoke-on-Trent, Cheshire, ST7 3QP

Walk along paths amidst carpets of white flowers on an enchanting mile-long route (with options for longer or shorter walks). Take in the wild beauty of cascading snowdrops in the Old Wood and Wild Garden, the scenic path down to the Lake and drifts of snowdrops in the borders of the formal Nesfield garden in front of the Hall. Highlights are also the two acre Walled Kitchen Garden and an unmissable vista down the Colonel’s Walk where some of the rarest varieties can be viewed. Rode’s stunning snowdrops are one of the natural treasures of the North West of England.. A labour of love, the snowdrops have multiplied over 6 generations of the Wilbraham family; they were first planted by Sibella Wilbraham in 1833 who came from a family of gifted gardeners. This passion and care continues to the present day having been further developed by Anne Baker Wilbraham over the last 30 years. 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the death of Humphry Repton, the great landscape artist and Snowdrop time is the best time to see his work at Rode when the gardens and park are devoid of summer vegetation. Visitors can also buy Rode Hall snowdrops (including limited amounts of many of the more unusual varieties) to plant at home. DON’T MISS • Rode Hall’s Tea Room - wonderfully atmospheric with a flaming wood burner and local seasonal menu. Everything possible is grown in the Kitchen Garden and home made at the Hall or sourced from the Rode Hall Farmers’ Market including soups, sausage baps, cakes, cream teas, biscuits and ice cream. There will also be a new Snowdrops menu featuring a special winter set lunch to enjoy! • Rode Hall Shop selling Rode’s new range of jams, pickles and cordials made with produce from its organic Kitchen Garden. Also selling snowdrops, spring plants and dried flowers. • Rode Hall Farmers’ Market on Saturday 3 February and Saturday 3 March 9am -1.30pm. Over 70 top producers offer the finest artisan produce from Rode Hall, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire ( • All Saints Church which will be decorated with snowdrops and other spring flowers and serving light refreshments. • An exhibition by local artists from 6 February to 2 March in the barns. TOP TIPS Families will love exploring and playing in the different enchanting landscapes. Hunt for beautiful quirky Willow Animal Sculptures dotted along the walk and complete the matching quiz to win a prize at the end. Children’s imagination can also be sparked by a 200 year old Grotto hidden in the Wild Garden, Waterfall, and spotting heron and carp in the stews and lake. Romantics will enjoy this most beautiful landscape – time a trip for Valentine’s Day. Foodies should take advantage of the delicious home made produce in the Tea Rooms and Shop and time a visit for the Farmers’ Market on 3 February and 3 March. Gardeners shouldn’t miss the opportunity to snap up some Snowdrops to plant at home (including a limited number of rare varieties). Rare snowdrops to view on the walk include the Yellow Cheshire Snowdrop (Lady Elphinstone), the giant Comet, the Viridapicis with green marks on the outer petals rather than the inside and Merlin with all green inner segment. There is also the opportunity to view the snowdrops through strategically placed mirrors under some of the plants. Daphnes, Cyclamen and Hellebores are also in bloom. Return later in the year for monthly Farmers’ Markets, Bluebell Walks, Rhododendrons, summer borders and Rose Garden, explore the rows of vegetables and flowers in the two acre walled kitchen garden at its peak and Georgian house with one of the finest private collections of English porcelain (4 April – 26 September Wednesdays and Bank Holiday Mondays plus Gardens open the first Saturday of every month alongside the Farmers’ Markets). QUOTES Randle Baker Wilbraham, owner of Rode Hall says We are looking forward to welcoming visitors of all ages to come and experience the beautiful snowdr

Ceri Fosbrook

01270 873237

3 Feb - 4 Mar Tues-Sun 11-4pm Closed Mons

£5 Adults/Children £2/Under 5's free

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