Snowdrop Sundays set to start at Gardens of Easton Lodge

PUBLISHED: 13:14 12 February 2010 | UPDATED: 07:32 30 May 2010

THE Gardens of Easton Lodge will be throwing open their gates for four Snowdrop Sundays from February 21 at the start of its 2010 season. The official opening on Sunday (February 21) will be conducted by MP Sir Alan Haselhurst who will cut the ribbon at

THE Gardens of Easton Lodge will be throwing open their gates for four Snowdrop Sundays from February 21 at the start of its 2010 season.

The official opening on Sunday (February 21) will be conducted by MP Sir Alan Haselhurst who will 'cut the ribbon' at 12 noon before making a tour of the famous snowdrop carpets.

He will be joined by Brian and Diana Creasey who have worked tirelessly to restore the gardens over recent decades.

The annual 'Snowdrops' event has become a must-see feature of the garden lovers' calendar as the many thousands of blooms herald the advent of spring. This year, after such a snowy winter, they'll be more welcome than ever.

The Gardens of Easton Lodge 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 VII.

Opening hours for the four Snowdrop Sundays (February 21 and 28, March 7 and 14) are 12 noon to 4pm (last admission at 3pm). Tickets cost just £2.50 for adults, children enter free.

A volunteer team will be manning the gates and serving home made soups, hot chocolate and other drinks and cakes in the courtyard of Warwick House to sustain visitors who venture out to see the first signs of spring.

Snowdrops 'in the green' will also be available for purchase for those looking to start - or add to - their own snowdrop carpets.

Further information is available from the recorded information service on 01371 876979, online at www.eastonlodge.co.uk or by e-mailing enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk.

The Gardens of Easton Lodge are located just outside Great Dunmow in Little Easton, off the B184 (Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden road). Follow the brown heritage signs.

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