This week I went to the Savill and Valley Gardens in Windsor Great Park, as part of work’s monthly garden visits. It was a fantastic opportunity to look round one of the gardens which is on the PGG Traineeship Scheme – I may be lucky enough to work there while I’m still a trainee!
The Savill Garden had plenty of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias in flower, with numerous flowering Japanese cherry trees (Prunus) at the peak of blossoming. Every time I turned a corner there was something new to marvel at!
Camellia x williamsii ‘China Clay’
View of Prunus trees
Rhododendron arboreum x haematodes ‘Choremia Tower Court’
The herbaceous borders and Rose Garden obviously weren’t in flower as it was the wrong time of year but it just made me even more eager to come back in the middle of summer – I bet it looks sensational.
View of the Rose Garden
Golden Jubilee Garden
I enjoyed looking round the Dry Garden, it gave me and my colleagues some ideas for our dry garden at Ashridge!
The Queen Elizabeth Temperate House was fantastic, it was like a hidden paradise. The tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) made a dramatic statement, looking down upon them from the viewing platform was even better as I could see all the fronds about to uncurl.
Inside the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House
Tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica)
There was a truly magnificent golden weeping willow (Salix) that looked like heaven in the sunshine.
Golden weeping willow (Salix)
More views of the Savill Garden
Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse in the afternoon, which cut our trip to the Valley Garden to an abrupt end.
Wick Pond in the Valley Garden
The Totem Pole
However we had time to find the valley of daffodils, which is one of the largest naturalised displays of daffodils in England.
It was awe-inspiring to see, just thousands and thousands of different kinds of Narcissus were spread out across the valley. It was like a sea of gold, I couldn’t believe my eyes!
I will certainly be making a return trip to both the Savill and Valley gardens in a few months’ time, to see the transition from the spring to summer season. I can’t wait!