Study, Sale and Social Day

2020 Poster - Shaftesbury Snowdrops
Dr Aaron Davis - Shaftesbury Snowdrops

Dr Aaron Davis

Snowdrops by Matt Bishop 2019 - Shaftesbury Snowdrops

Un-named seedling – Image copyright Matt Bishop 2019

Dr John Grimshaw - Shaftesbury Snowdrops

Dr John Grimshaw

Saturday 8 February 2020

The highlight of the season is the Study, Sale and Social Day. Galanthophiles gather together to hear top speakers educate and entertain, sharing their knowledge and experiences of the snowdrop world.


9.15 – 9.45 AM Registration and Coffee

10.00 AM Dr Aaron Davis Senior Research Leader of Plant Resources, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will speak on “Discovering and understanding snowdrop species, past and present”. Aaron has recently been to Turkey to see the newly identified species Galanthus bursanus.

11.00 AM Matt Bishop, celebrated snowdrop grower & seller, will speak on “Future Trending: Mixed Mutant Phenotypes”. Matt’s narrative will describe how genetic mutations produce many more stunning snowdrops varieties.

12.00 PM Soup and cake lunch

12.00 – 1.00 PM VIP entry to our snowdrop sale ‘The Best in the West’ in The Guildhall on Shaftesbury High Street.

1.00 PM Public access to our snowdrop sale tickets from the TIC (01747 853514).

2.00 PM onwards self-guided visit to “The Old Vicarage”, East Orchard

2.00 – 2.30 PM Q and A session with our experts

2.45 PM Dr John Grimshaw Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum will speak on “Woody Plants for the Winter Garden”.

Doors close 4.00 PM

Our lectures and lunch take place at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 13 Bell St, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AR

Our sale takes place at The Guildhall in The Town Hall, High St, Shaftesbury, SP7 8LY

Our pop-up shop and the art gallery will be open throughout the day

Snowdrops can be seen in Shaftesbury from January through to March.

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