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A Wester Ross garden is amongst those set to feature in an eagerly anticipated snowdrop festival

By Imogen James

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Snowdrops at Dunvegan.
Snowdrops at Dunvegan.

Throughout February, Attadale Gardens in Strathcarron will join other fine gardens across Scotland in opening to the public, taking part in the Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

Every Thursday the historic location will be open, showcasing the winter garden that comes to live with the beautiful flower mid-winter.

The gardens are host to waterfalls, Japanese features, water gardens and a sunken garden.

The festival is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens in collaboration with Scotland's Garden Schemes.

Dougal Philip, director at Discover Scottish Gardens, described the growth of the annual event.

“From very humble beginnings this festival has grown to become a much-cherished celebration of the beauty of our gardens at that moment when winter starts to give way to spring," he said.

"It’s a chance to get outdoors, take some exercise and appreciate the beauty that nature brings our way.”

Liz Stewart, director of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, said: “Our members range from large estates to small private gardens so the Festival offers the chance to be wowed by snowdrops growing in large numbers or enchanted by close-ups of the blooms in intimate settings.”

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