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The Winter Garden

Winter Garden

The long established Winter Garden is situated close to the Visitor Pavilion containing more than 650 different plants grown for their winter effect. It has been planted to show a wide range of plants that are at their best from November until March; a period that many assume, erroneously, is a 'quiet' time for gardens.

In early 2014 The Winter Garden was extended and now covers around 4 acres in total, being one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe.

Many new plants have been included for your interest and enjoyment including 500 Cyclamen tubers were planted as a ground cover in one of the beds leading towards the small summer house.

The planting features a palette of bark, bold coloured stems, scent and foliage. Close to the Visitor Centre is a large new bed planted with Salix (willow), Cornus (dogwoods) and with extra height provided by some existing birch trees. It is a simple combination of just four or five plant groups to help denote a bolder sense of arrival to the Winter Garden.

Rowlawn

The Gardens has received sponsorship support from the UK’s biggest turf grower Rolawn, who have kindly donated 700m2 of their Medallion turf to lay in the Winter Garden extension.

Rolawn is the UK’s biggest turf grower and a national supplier of safe high quality topsoils and mulches.