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Windsor Great Park takes home three pieces of silverware in the RHS Early Spring Ornamental Plant Show competitions
12 April 2017
The exceptional warm weather we have all been enjoying has encouraged many of our spring flowering plants to blossom much earlier than usual. In many cases our Asiatic species are flowering almost a month ahead of themselves!
The beautiful spring sun shone brightly and very favourably on the Gardens of Windsor last weekend. The Crown Estate, Windsor was delighted to host the RHS Ornamental Plant Competitions at the Savill Garden for the very first time. This important horticultural show is in its one hundredth and first year and attracted an array of competitors. Entries came from private and professional gardens that included Caerhayes Castle (Cornwall), Marwood Hill (Devon), High Beeches (Sussex), Exbury Garden & Hillier Arboretum (Hampshire), and the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.
John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens quoted “I am thrilled to report a number of firsts amongst our many successes; one particular highlight was winning the Charles Eley Cup in the Ornamental Plant Competition. Four exceptional vases of spring flowering shrubs combined to impress the judges and secure the silverware for Windsor. The Alan Hardy Challenge Salver was successfully defended in the strongly contested Rhododendron competition and our Camellia entries proved to be the most successful in many years. I was delighted by the enthusiasm and great team spirit and hope it will inspire further success in the future.”
The show was a huge success and will go down in the RHS history books as one of the very best Early Spring Competitions. Whilst the weather played its part credit must go to the combined team effort across the estate that collectively made everything come together to present visitors with a fabulous floral show and some very finely groomed gardens.
Whilst the flower competition may already be history I’m pleased to share that there is still a carnival of colour to enjoy and marvel at in the coming weeks. A family friendly rainbow trail continues until the 17th April. Some top tips to enjoy this year’s spring colour would be to plan your visit sooner rather than later and come for afternoon tea and then take a saunter around The Savill Garden in the peace and quiet of the late afternoon.