Monkey and I have been having a few quiet days at home this week, it’s been much-needed after the events of the last few weeks. But yesterday, we really were both in need of some fresh air. I didn’t want to drive far, knew that we’d be at Stowe today, so was thinking of where we could go. I was looking through Facebook and something caught my eye. You know when you spot somewhere you’ve been meaning to visit for years and then it’s there, in your face, waving at you, come here. It was perfectly timed and off we headed for a bit of snowdrop spotting at Evenley Wood Garden.
The 60 acre woodland can be found on the outskirts of Evenley village, a few miles from Brackley, in Northamptonshire. The gardens are open daily from February until the end of October, with free parking available (in a field in good weather, or like yesterday, on grass verges on the approach to the garden.
We found an honesty box as we entered, with a £5 charge for me, children under the age of 12 are free, over 12’s are £1. Monkey found a map and he was off. This way Mummy.
There are toilets close to the entrance that we spotted as we passed, and a cafe which is opened at weekends. There are a number of pathways, and we decided to set off on the blue route which would take about an hour and 15 minutes to complete. We were off, snowdrop spotting at Evenley Wood Garden, and we weren’t going to be disappointed as there are 80 varieties to look out for. I love snowdrops, they are my cue that Spring is coming. But I had no idea there were so many variants.
We wandered along the pathways heading for a stream that runs through Evenley Wood Garden. We’d arrived about 15 minutes after the gardens had opened, there were other cars parked along the verge, but we spent most of visit without seeing anyone else. It was nice to be able to walk by ourselves, chatting away, enjoying the views.
We were so lucky with the weather, it was lovely and mild, perfect for a stroll. We saw lots of shelters along the way in case the rain did come, but they weren’t needed yesterday.
Monkey was in his element, collecting booty as he we went along.
Around every corner we discovered snowdrops of all sizes, snowdrop spotting at Evenley Wood Garden was keeping us both busy.
Monkey loved the freedom to explore, especially as there was lots of oozy mud to squelch through.
The stream running through the far end of the Garden just adds to the delight of this little gem of a place. There was time for my resident bridge troll to make an appearance, a bit of pooh stick fun and apparently a stick elephant who needed to have a drink (yes my son does have a rather vivid imagination!).
We got to meet the locals – not sure what they are?
Not only did we get to see lots of snowdrops on our walk, there were also plenty of signs to show that Spring is just around the corner now.
Monkey would run on ahead and see what he could spot and I’d get a running commentary of his latest finds.
In one part of the garden, fallen leaves formed a perfect blanket as far as the eye could see.
We also discovered the Willow Nests that reside at Evenley Wood Garden. Great places for a spot of hide and seek and who’s the king of the castle.
We had a lovely time snowdrop spotting at Evenley Wood Garden yesterday. I can see that we’ll need to return in the months ahead and explore the colours of the rhododendrons, lilies and camellias. We may have taken way too long to discover the gardens, but now we have, I know we’ll be back again soon.