Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival 2019

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About this event:

Created by Dean Mortlock

Market Place, Shepton Mallet

Shepton Mallet, in the heart of Somerset, was home to James Allen, an amateur horticulturalist and the first person ever to breed new varieties of snowdrops from wild plants – a feat which earned him the  nickname of the ‘Snowdrop King’.

The Snowdrop Festival is a vibrant not-for-profit community project to plant Shepton Mallet with hundreds of thousands of snowdrop bulbs, and to restore the Allen family memorial in the town’s cemetery, in order to celebrate James Allen’s and the town’s place in gardening history.

Most of Mr. Allen’s snowdrop varieties were lost to disease but a few remain, including Galanthus ‘Magnet’ (the symbol of the project) and Galanthus ‘Merlin’, both of which have been granted the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS and both of which are being propagated and planted around Shepton Mallet.

For more information on the festival, go here.

February 16-17 / 10am-4pm