Snowdrops are appreciated in East Tuddenham and Langmere

East Tuddenham snowdrop gala. BBC Radio Norfolk gardening expert Richard Hobbs giving a talk about t

East Tuddenham snowdrop gala. BBC Radio Norfolk gardening expert Richard Hobbs giving a talk about the plant. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Snowdrops are plants said to be the harbingers of spring.

Blacksmith Cottage Nursery in Langmere host their annual Snowdrop Fair.

Blacksmith Cottage Nursery in Langmere host their annual Snowdrop Fair. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

And while there is still a month to spring a celebration of the plant has seen hundreds of people attend two events in Norfolk at the weekend.

Norfolk Plant Heritage held the first snowdrop gala in its 17-year history at Jubilee Hall, East Tuddenham, near Dereham, on Saturday.

And today Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery at Langmere, near Diss, held a snowdrop fair.

The event at East Tuddenham quickly sold out and about 100 people attended.

The gala featured lectures and plant sales from specialist growers, including the nationally well-known Avon Bulbs, from Somerset, to local growers.

Norfolk Plant Heritage has more than 140 members and has interests in a wide variety of garden plants, their cultivation and conservation.

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At Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery, which is owned by Ben and Sarah Potterton, the snowdrop fair saw eight stalls selling many varieties of the plant.

BBC Radio Norfolk gardener Richard Hobbs offered a selection of unusual bulbs from his Little Plumstead garden and the country's leading snowdrop specialist Joe Sharman brought varieties from his Cambridgeshire nursery.

One snowdrop went for £400 and there were also morning lectures by experts for galanthophiles to enjoy.

Due to the weather the fair was moved inside.