Open invitation for snowdroppers

Snowdrops are called Galanthus – “milk flower”

Jane Hanks meets Limousin snowdrop specialist Sheila Cole, whose garden is part of the Jardins Ouverts scheme

During the winter months, in February, there will be one garden which will be open for the Jardins Ouverts/Open Gardens scheme with a magnificent display of snowdrops. It will be open by appointment to make sure it can be visited when weather conditions are good.

Open Gardens encourages garden owners of all nationalities to open up their gardens, big and small to the public, to raise funds for charity. The scheme started in 2013 when four British gardeners in the Creuse decided to open their gardens to see if they could raise money for charity, and the idea quickly caught on. There are now 150 gardens in 28 departments and in 2017 the association was able to give donations of €23,500, shared between 11 charities.

Sheila Cole lives in La Poste, Arnac la Poste, Haute-Vienne and she is a keen Galanthophile, or snowdrop enthusiast. Snowdrops were named Galanthus during the 18th century and the name comes from the Greek, meaning milk flower.

She has 150 varieties and there are ...

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