Snowdrop carpets mark the advent of Spring at the Gardens of Easton Lodge

PUBLISHED: 12:09 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:31 30 May 2010

THE Gardens of Easton Lodge will be opening its doors next month for the magnificent snowdrop carpets. The annual event has become a must-see feature of the garden and heralds the advent of spring. The gardens were designed by Harold Peto in the early 20

THE Gardens of Easton Lodge will be opening its doors next month for the magnificent snowdrop carpets.

The annual event has become a must-see feature of the garden and heralds the advent of spring.

The gardens were designed by Harold Peto in the early 20th century for the Countess of Warwick - "Darling Daisy" to the Prince of Wales before he became Edward VIII, though the snowdrops were planted later.

Exact opening dates will be confirmed at a later date, although there are projected times of four, possibly five, Sunday afternoons from mid February to mid March.

An update can be obtained by calling the recorded information service on 01371 876979, online at www.eastonlodge.co.uk or by emailing enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk.

A volunteer team will be manning the gates and serving home made soups, hot chocolate and other drinks in the courtyard of Warwick House to sustain visitors. Opening hours will be from 12 noon to dusk (around 4pm) and entrance costs just £2.50 for adults, with admission for children free.

The Gardens of Easton Lodge is located just outside Great Dunmow in Little Easton, off the B184 (Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden road). Follow the brown heritage signs. Nearest train stations are Stansted Airport or Braintree.

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