February is a time to look forward to Spring, busy ourselves with making sure all is in order before the big sowing and growing season ahead, and generally, stay warm in this very chilly month.

However, there is so much happening outside that we sometimes need to pop out there and take a look to believe that Nature is starting to stir from her very long sleep.

Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey

Open All Year. See website for National Trust admission rates.

One of the most beautiful, hope filled and traditional flowers of February is the eponymous snowdrop. It’s exciting to see the first cluster or one or two quietly hiding under a tree, or on a hidden bank. Why not take a visit to The National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey to witness their splendour.

The epitome of grace, Galanthus nivalis.

With a host of magnificent trees, awe inspiring lookouts and a beautiful stretch of water to awaken your senses, if you take a stroll along the winding trails of the arboretum, your likely to come across stunning swathes of snowdrops, who have made their homes under the boughs of a stately Winkworth resident or two. Winkworth has thousands of the snowy beauties, and many were seeded by volunteers. Study the forest floor for stirrings of bulbs and beginnings of life, but don’t forget to look up at the magnificent ‘skeletons’ of the trees too, to see their anatomy laid bare. Free walking tours are offered to visitors. See website for more details. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum/features/snowdrops-at-winkworth-arboretum

Snowdrop & Spring Plant Fair

Hole Park, Kent, 09th Feb, 11-3pm. £4 Entry

Speaking of Snowdrops, why not visit this lovely plant fair. Early flowering plants galore and experts will be on hand to give you advice about your new plants or existing ones.

Treasures for sale at Hole Park Plant Fair

Sow & Grow Seed Swap and Spring Fair

Saturday 09th February, Oak Grove College, Worthing, £2 Entry, 12.30-4pm

Seeds to swap and buy, local community projects, gardening and eco talks, homemade food and South Downs Folk Singers performing live. What’s not to love? Support this community event hosted by Transition Worthing, and you may even come away with a few rare heirlooms. ..

British Iris Society Early Spring Show

RHS Wisley, Clore Centre, Woking, 09th Feb, 10.30-3.30pm. Normal Admission Rates Apply

The British Iris Society are hosting their Early Spring show, which will feature a plethora of beautiful iris and crocus on display, for sale, and a photographic exhibition to boot ( there are more than 260 genus in the species). Experts will be on hand to advise you of the best way to care for your jewel hued plants, of which the name comes from the Greek word for Rainbow. A behind the scenes tour is available of the Wisley’s Alpine Yard and crocus collection at 2pm. This is a world class collection and exhibition, so don’t miss it!

Jewel like colours of the beautiful Iris, which takes its name from the Greek word for Rainbow