The snowdrop collection was started by Henry John Elwes 1864-1922, while traveling, he found some snowdrops in Turkey which he brought back to England in 1874, and named them Galanthus elwesii. He continued to collect snowdrops afterwards, and planted them in the grounds of Colesbourne Park where they remained undisturbed for 60 years, until his great grandson Henry Elwes and his wife Carolyn began to identify and divide them, and add to the collection.
There's a well labelled path through the grounds taking the visitor through woodland, beside the blue lake, to the churchyard and the walled garden where you'll find smaller clumps of snowdrops, identified by good sized, clear labels.
My friend, Sue and I, walked through the wooded bits near the car park where the snowdrops seemed to go on forever :
The Cyclamen coum were also delightful whether in swathes, or planters:
In addition to the scent of the Galanthus, there was winter flowering honeysuckle and box, I didn't expect so much perfume in the air.
While wandering around the named varieties, we came across the Head Gardener, Chris Horsfall,
There are 2 weekends left to visit the Galanthus, look up the details on their website: www.colesbournegardens.org.uk
If not already, you'll be a galanthophile by the time you leave.