The distinctive white flowers are one of the year’s earliest blooms as they start to appear in woodlands, parks and gardens. Tourists are being given the chance to see hundreds of varieties on display at the festival, which runs through February until March 16.
Attractions taking part include Logan Botanic Gardens in Galloway, where other flowers such as miniature daffodils are also beginning to blossom.
Curator Richard Baines explains: “Logan has a really unique climate, it’s very very mild during the winter and especially at the moment. We had very little frost so things like camellia, ilis, and rhododendrons, miniature daffodils are all just starting to show their heads, just popping through.
“So why not, if you get a nice mild, sunny day, get some fresh air and come out and enjoy the gardens.”
Sharon Makepeace from VisitScotland believes the Snowdrop Festival, which began in 2007, provides a vital helpline to tourist attractions during the tough winter months.
She said: “It’s really important that we promote what we can at this time of year, it is a difficult time of year for the tourism businesses traditionally.
“The traditional tourism season is later so events that are taking places through the Homecoming Scotland calendar are playing a really important part in bringing visitors to the region at this time.”
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