A Royal Garden Visit

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!

Savill Garden

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Spring Wood

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Daffodils

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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!

Camellias

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Camellia x williamsii ‘China Clay’

Camellia x williamsii 'China Clay'

Prunus

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View of Prunus trees

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Magnolias

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Rhododendrons

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Rhododendron arboreum x haematodes ‘Choremia Tower Court’

Rhododendron arboreum x haematodes 'Choremia Tower Court'

Rhododendron racemosum

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More Prunus

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Summer Wood

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Prunus, again!

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Prunus ‘Shosar’

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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.

Rose bed

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View of the Rose Garden

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Golden Jubilee Garden

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I enjoyed looking round the Dry Garden, it gave me and my colleagues some ideas for our dry garden at Ashridge!

Dry Garden

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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

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Espalier camellia

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Tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica)

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There was a truly magnificent golden weeping willow (Salix) that looked like heaven in the sunshine.

Golden weeping willow (Salix)

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More views of the Savill Garden

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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

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It’s raaaining!

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The Totem Pole

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However we had time to find the valley of daffodils, which is one of the largest naturalised displays of daffodils in England.

Daffodil Valley

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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!

Narcissus ‘Larkwhistle’

Narcissus 'Larkwhistle'

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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!

 

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8 thoughts on “A Royal Garden Visit

      • Once again Becka, they are appreciated. They were her favourite.
        As for myself, I’m not sure what my favourite flower is. When I look at and smell lilacs there isn’t a doubt until I come across the roses (at least before the fragrance is bred out of them), then yesterday it was the Cherry trees in bloom… I think you get the picture.
        Unfortunately, the Broom and I don’t get along. Once those yellow flowers begin to open, my allergies go mad! 🙂 x

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      • My favourite flower changes with the seasons, I obsess over a different one every day at the moment – there are too many gorgeous plants to choose from!
        When I think of summer roses and sweet peas are two flowers which come to mind instantly. . . ahh 🙂
        It’s a shame about your allergies, a colleague of mine has hay fever and suffers in spring/summer a lot too! x

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  1. Gosh Becky! These are amazing! It must have been wonderful to be among all of this. The cherry blossoms aren’t out here in the north yet and Im sure when they are they wont match up to these here. And that is some totem pole!! Xx

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    • Thank you Christine 🙂 It was such an awesome day! We’re lucky having the milder weather here, it gives the plants an extra kickstart into flowering.
      The cherry blossom this year has really been spectacular – who needs to go to Japan when it’s on our doorstep?! 😉 xx

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