Sponsor a display of common snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
Sponsoring one of Kew’s renowned bulb displays is a special way to celebrate the life of a loved one or to remember a special anniversary or family event.
Galanthus nivalis. The common snowdrop is an early flowering bulb, appearing from February. See them in the Conservation Area at Kew Gardens.
- All gifts are recorded on Kew's Commemorative Touchscreen Register.
- The Register at Kew Gardens is located in the Secluded Garden glasshouse.
Introducing Galanthus nivalis
Galanthus is Greek in origin and signifies milkflower. Nivalis is a Latin adjective, meaning relating to or resembling snow.
The common snowdrop is an early flowering bulbous plant that prefers the moist shady setting of woodlands and boggy meadows. Extremely hardy, it originates from Europe and Asia Minor.
The leaf-tips of the common snowdrop are hardened in order to break through the frozen ground and the solitary white bell-shaped flowers with slender leaves of bluish-green provide a welcome sight during the winter months. A sure sign that spring is on its way.
Sponsor a drift of flowering bulbs - download our commemorative giving form (pdf) or phone us on 0208 332 3200 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) to make a donation by card.
Snowdrops at Kew Gardens
Given to Kew by Queen Victoria in 1898, this area has been planted over the years and now includes many British trees such as oak, beech, holly and yew.
In spring the common snowdrop appears together with native bluebells and wild garlic. Other flowering species include lillies, narcissi and primroses. Find out more about the Conservation Area here.
The common snowdrop is in the family Armaryllidaceae, and as well as being planted ornamentaly, other key uses include medicinal and snowdrop lectin can be used as an insecticide.
Sponsor a display of flowering bulbs
These bulb displays are available for sponsorship of £250 each and funds raised will be used for the planting and maintenance of the Gardens.
Your dedication will be recorded on the Commemorative Touchscreen Register in the Secluded Garden glasshouse at Kew Gardens and you will receive a personalised certificate detailing your chosen species.
Sponsor a display of flowering bulbs - download our commemorative giving form (pdf) or phone us on 0208 332 3200 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) to make a donation by card.
Flowering bulbs available at Kew Gardens
1. Common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
2. ‘February Gold’ daffodil (Narcissus) and Tenby daffodil (Narcissus obvallaris)
3. Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' (Crocus tommasinianus)
4. 'Glory of the snow' (Chionodoxa siehei)
5. Snakes’ head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
6. Autumn crocus (Colchicum speciosum)
There are also five plant species available to sponsor at Wakehurst.
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