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All the white reasons to visit Ragley Hall.

IT'S Snowdrop Weekend in many beautiful Midland gardens - and the February Fairmaids are flowering on cue to welcome visitors.

Ragley Hall, near Alcester, is rampant with acres of the fabulous little white flowers in the stately home's new Winter Garden.

Head gardener Ross Barbour fled from his castle in Scotland nine years ago for the better gardening weather around Brum and he is thrilled the snowdrops are bang on time.

Ragley's 400 acres were set out by Capability Brown but today Ross Barbour delights in the garden's modern acres of winter glory with crocuses and hellebores among unusual shrubs with coloured stems and the scents of honeysuckle Winter Beauty.

The garden, which opens tomorrow, from 11am-3pm, for the National Gardens Scheme, is off the A435/A46, eight miles from Stratford. And Ross says there will be soup and a cup of tea in the restaurant.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 9, 2008
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