Record-breaking snowdrop explained

Craven College horticulture coordinator Michael Myers has revealed the history behind snowdrop Galanthus plicatus 'EA Bowles', which fetched the world record price of £357 on eBay last month.

Myers found the bulb in 2004 and suggested the name along with the idea of raising money for Myddelton House Gardens. Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery was able to twin scale bulbs that he was given by the gardens and has honoured the suggestion of donations to the gardens fund.

Myers said the flower was exceptional because it is unique in being the only poculiform variety of G. plicatus known in cultivation.

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