Temple Nursery snowdrop, courtesy Craig Cramer
There are snowdrops, and then there are snowdrops. I, for the most part, have been content with the Galanthus nivalis
(pictured below) I was given many years ago, which have multiplied greatly from my division and their own efforts at self-propagation. Others become obsessed with differences in pedicels, spathes, and inner and outer petals. We call them galanthophiles
. Hitch Lyman, owner of the Temple Nursery, is one of the foremost galanthophiles in the United States.
These snowdrops bloomed in the Secret Garden in April 2006. Photo by Rundy Purdy
He has over 400 hundred snowdrop varieties growing in his garden, which will be open to the public this Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Day
program ($5 entry fee). I plan to be there, and I hope you can join me.
Update from Garden Conservancy:
Our Garden Host, Hitch Lyman in Trumansburg, NY has asked us to send a special message regarding the expected snow that may be blanketing his garden on Saturday. The garden will remain open to visitors, but if you find you cannot make it, visitors are welcome to come on Saturday, April 9 as well, during the same hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit our website for more details on this Open Day.
Magazines You Might Still Have
Martha Stewart Living February 2000
Victoria (defunct) February 2002
The Gardener (defunct) February 2002
Horticulture February 2003
Snowdrop Photo Galleries
More About Hitch Lyman and The Temple Nursery
Ellis Hollow’s Visit for the 2008 Open Garden
NY Times Article About Hitch Lyman and his Temple Nursery
John Grimshaw, Who Wrote The Book
Snowdrops in Sun
Snowdrops For the Next Edition