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RHS National Show - Seven Winners From The Valley and Savill Gardens Windsor Great Park
26 April 2013
The Royal Landscape is delighted that seven of its prime rhododendron exhibits from The Valley and Savill Gardens, Windsor Great Park, have come top in their classes in the Main Rhododendron Show which was held at the RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, last weekend (20/21 April 2013). The prizes included the Roza Stevenson Challenge Cup for the best spray and the McLaren Challenge Cup for the best single truss.
Mark Flanagan, Keeper of the Gardens, Windsor Great Park, says:
"We are delighted with our performance at the show, the first time we have exhibited since 2005. The quality of the flowers defied the late and difficult spring and enabled us to show case our extensive rhododendron collection, including many plants raised from original introductions from China and the Himalayas. The rhododendrons are coming to their best now and so visitors to The Valley Gardens, in particular, will be able to enjoy the spectacular displays."
Visitors will also be able to enjoy the wide range of other spring flowers including magnolias, Japanese cherries and spring heathers in the Heather Garden. The whole area of The Valley Gardens has a verdant appearance with the new leaves on the outstanding range of trees and shrubs.
From mid to late May, the Valley Gardens are at their most magnificent when the Japanese Kurume Azaleas, first collected by the English plant hunter Ernest Henry Wilson in 1918, are in full blaze in the famous Punch Bowl. The spectacle is incredible with the many tens of thousands of plants in flower together, ranging from white, to the softest pink, to rose pink and ruby. The dramatic wooded landscape offers fresh spectacles at every turn. In addition, the adjoining Azalea Valley is home to huge numbers of deciduous azaleas which in late May and June provide a kaleidoscope of colour, with reds, oranges, yellows and purples.
Highlights in The Savill Garden include Spring Wood, where the mature trees spread their leaves over a stunning spectacle of rhododendrons, azaleas, the later magnolias and other flowering woodland plants. In the Bog Garden the first of the candelabra primulas will come into flower closely followed by Siberian irises and other moisture-loving plants.