Snowdrops and sculpture

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Kinblethmont House near Abroath is combining its reputation for showcasing contemporary art with the best in nature for this year’s Snowdrop Festival.

The house is, for the first time, joining others across Angus as a venue for the popular event and will be open for viewing between this weekend, Saturday (February 28) and Sunday (March 1)

The gallery and grounds of Kinblethmont will be open to all comers and visitors will be welcome to stroll through the woods to enjoy the snowdrops and wildlife, to wander, through the new contemporary gates created by Fife-based James Shears, into the walled garden to see the sculptures by Volker Gebhardt, and browse, in the gallery, through the history of the house and refresh themselves with tea or coffee and to view the Kinblethmont Pictish Stone.

The festival, which runs until March 15, offers visitors the chance to see snowdrops carpeting the grounds of gardens across Angus and Dundee. Other local venues include Pitmuies Gardens by Forfar, Gagie House at Duntrune, Dunninald Gardens near Montrose and House of Dun by Montrose on the local trail. Nationally, 60 properties will offer beautiful displays in stunning natural settings, and further information can be found at www.visitscotland.com/snowdrop. Open 10 a.m. to 5p.m.