The Woodland Walk
A mature, woodland garden with a fine display throughout the year.
Explore our woodland walk full of shade-loving bulbs, perennials and shrubs planted underneath a dense canopy of trees. creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. It was originally called the ‘Spring and Winter Garden’ and was a RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt Medal winner in 1986. In the spring the woodland blooms with wild British bluebells, snowdrops, daffodils and hellebores.
An explosion of colour follows on from this from an abundance of scented camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas lining the wooded paths. In autumn the collection of Cornus Kousa turn reddish-purple with tight clusters of small white flowers surrounded by four large oval cream bracts - beautiful any time of the year!
Our Head Gardener Bernard recommends you particularly look out for this stunning tree; Prunus ‘Tai Haku’, the Japanese giant cherry tree. It became extinct in Japan until one single tree was found in the UK in the 1920’s in Sussex and was recultivated. All the Tai haku’s, including the ones in Japan, are descended from this one single specimen. Our tree is a rare example. It has large white profuse flowers which provide a breath taking arch over the pathway in mid spring and In the autumn it shows us again why we love it by turning coppery orange and red.
Plants to look out for...
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