GARDENS in the Borders are set to blossom as part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

More than 60 events are taking place across Scotland until March 11 in celebration of the classic winter flower, including snowdrop walks and talks, guided tours and open days for all the family.

Floors Castle and Gardens, just outside of Kelso, is taking part for the first time, hosting a snowdrop weekend on February 16-17.

The grounds of the country house, described by gardening writer Anna Pavord as ‘wondrous’ with ‘rampageous, outrageous crash of colours’, will be opened to allow visitors to discover the snowdrops in bloom.

They will also be able to view the new Tapestry garden, created with a mix of meandering paths, hidden corners and other features to explore.

Dryburgh Abbey, Dawyick Botanic Garden, Cringletie House Hotel and Kailzie Gardens are also taking part and showcasing their snowdrops.

Organised by garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens and supported by VisitScotland, the festival aims to encourage locals and tourists to enjoy the wonders of Scotland’s gardens during the snowdrop flowering period and highlight the country’s diverse collections.

Catherine Erskine, chairwoman of Discover Scottish Gardens and founder of the Snowdrop Festival in Scotland, said: “Over the years, more of us are falling in love with the dainty winter flower and very much look forward to the festival as gardens open up again for the new year. We are very lucky in Scotland to have some truly stunning sites to visit, many of which open their doors for the Snowdrop Festival, showcasing another spectacular side to their gardens.

“As the festival grows in popularity, we encourage the younger generation to discover the world of snowdrops for themselves, as well as the Scottish Border’s stunning landscapes and historic sites.”

There are currently around 20 species of the herbaceous plant, scientifically known as Galanthus, and over 2,500 named varieties. Its versatility and hardiness allow it to thrive in Scotland’s climate.

Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: “It’s a wonderful time of year when snowdrops blossom across Scotland and I’m delighted to see so many attractions across the region getting involved in the festival this year.

“The Scottish Snowdrop Festival is a huge draw for visitors during a traditionally quieter time of year. This brings with it a welcome boost to the area. Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it is the heartbeat of the economy, touching every community and generating income, jobs and social change.”

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