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Hoath House

Country garden noted for the extensive collection of Snowdrops painstakingly increased by the owners' Mother Jane Streatfeild.


GAP Photos/Suzie Gibbons

Feature No:   5053 

Qty of Images:    54 


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After Jane decided her garden needed more winter interest, it now boasts over 100 different varieties of Snowdrops, all starting from a small patch of Galanthus nivalis planted by a former gardener. As a County Organiser for The NGS in Kent, she has been inspired by other gardens in the county, particularly by the late Lady Fitzwalter at Goodenstone Park Gardens. Over the years she has divided clumps to create the lovely drifts of white around the garden in February. Many named varieties have been collected, from the unusual yellow treasure G. 'Wendy's Gold', the tactile crinkly texture of G. 'Diggory', the wonderfully perfumed G. 'Ginns' to name a few, and are neatly labelled for the keen Galanthophiles who visit on the open days. Other winter stars are Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' whose incredible perfumes wafts from an astonishing distance away, several bright Hamamelis, tasseled Garrya elliptica and the ghostly stems of Rubus thibetanus. Architectural stands of Beech and many choice trees add to the winter structure.



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