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Sun, 2nd Feb - Tue, 31st Mar @ 13:45 - 13:45

Cambo Snowdrop Festival 2020

Cambo Estate
  • Cambo Estate
  • Kingsbarns
  • East Neuk of Fife
  • KY16 8QD
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Cambo Snowdrop Festival – Events and Activities

Snowdrops 2020: The art and science of snowdrops, Snowdrop Festival Launch!

Imbolc Fire Party and Art of Snowdrops exhibition preview. Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Celebrate with crafts, campfire and a preview of our art of snowdrops exhibition!

Suitable for all the family and those on four legs too.  Drop in, free with garden entry.

Sunday 2 February 4pm – 7pm (café open through) [PHOTOCALL 4.30PM]

Art of snowdrops exhibition.

Prints from the Cambo snowdrops herbarium alongside visual art inspired by the natural environment. Monday 3 Feb – Tuesday 31 March 10am – 5pm.  Free.

Snowdrop highlights tour

Free with garden entry. Explore our national collection of snowdrops with one of our friendly expert gardeners.

Mondays – Friday 3 Feb – 13 Mar  1.30 - 2pm Drop in, free with garden entry

Babes in the Snowdrop Woods

Bring your wee ones for a magical snowdrop activity walk in the woods: buggys, slings and dogs welcome - if too cold, stories in the Studio. Finishing up in the cafe. 

Weds 5 Feb and 4 March 10- 11.30am. Drop in, free with garden entry.

Kids Camp

Outdoor fun for P1 upwards. Woodland walk and campfire, crafts and cooking.

Wed 12 Feb 9am – 5pm. Half day sessions 9am – 12.30 or 1.30 – 5pm. £17.50/£35

Booking essential 

Crafting your herbarium

Using our herbarium specimens as a starting point we will explore techniques of flower pressing and printing over this two-part session with our friendly Cambo Crafters group. £10 for two-part session.

Thursdays 6 & 20 February 4-6pm. £10 for two-part session.

Booking essential 

Herbarium crafts – kids session

Picking, drying, pressing and crafting snowdrops. A walk in the woods to collect snowdrops followed by a pressing and crafting session. Age 8 upwards.

Thursday 13 Feb 1-3pm £8, Booking essential 

The Galanthophile sessions.

An in-depth tour exploring our national snowdrop collection, insight into thinning and sorting and question and answer session on all things Galanthus. With Head of Horticulture Fay McKenzie.

Thursday 27 Feb, 5, 12 March 2-4pm £20, £15 RHS, Booking essential 

Talk: Herbaria and their role in current Science

Join Heleen Plaisier from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for insights into how herbarium specimens are put together, their uses in current science and examples from the Cambo plant heritage national collection.  £10 / £7.50 RHS

Thursday 27 Feb 5-7.30pm with a quick tour of the Cambo snowdrop collection to start. Booking essential 


Cambo Snowdrops – a history

The National Snowdrop collection

Cambo is world famous for snowdrops and home to the Plant Heritage national collection of snowdrops, with over 350 varieties alongside the thousands of nivalis at home in the Cambo woodlands.
Cambo also houses an herbarium collection containing key species from our extensive snowdrop collection. Appointments can be made to view the archive outwith snowdrop season.

There have been snowdrops at Cambo for many years, but it was Lady Magdalen Erskine, an avid gardener, who really encouraged their proliferation from the 1930’s. As snowdrops require thinning-out and redistributing every three to four years, Magdalen and her eight children spent hours each year digging, dividing and replanting the snowdrops in the 70 acres of woodland.

In 1986, avid galanthophile Lady Catherine Erskine, having read articles advocating planting snowdrops “in the green” in spring-time rather than the traditional dried bulbs in the autumn, launched her now renowned mail-order snowdrop business.

Over the years, Catherine’s own collection of specialist snowdrops has grown steadily and is now viewed as the national collection, with over 350 varieties growing in our gardens. 

The annual snowdrop festival in February and early March is a key time to visit Cambo and enjoy the thousands of white blooms from the walled garden along the burn to the sea.

Visitors can enjoy a walk in the gardens and snowdrop woods daily from 10am.

For more information contact:

Charlotte Jagger

01333 451040

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