The Savill Garden
I always try to get out to a garden over the Christmas break but the weather has not been kind. We did make a trip to The Savill Garden at Virginia Water to take advantage of their free entry in December but by the time we got into the car in had begun to rain again. We did make it there but only managed to walk from the reception centre to the glasshouse and back. I can confirm it has a new sizeable restaurant/cafe and a nice shop. We will try again in Spring to see the Azalea’s, Rhododendron and Magnolias.
News Years Day
Finally sunshine – Yippee
This time we decided to go to somewhere familiar and where we knew we would see plenty of winter interest and Wisley never lets you down whatever time of year. Unfortunately my camera let me down or should I admit I forgot to take spare batteries, so most of the images are taken on my phone camera.
If anyone tells you there is nothing in the garden in winter tell them to look again and also remember green and brown are colours. At Wisley there is also an outdoor sculpture exhibition by Emma Stothard - Until 24 March. A series of life size animals can be seen in the Jubilee Arboretum all sculptured in willow, they look really fantastic and adds to the experience.
First we headed to the lake where the striking coloured stems of Cornus were lit beautifully by the winter sun, from there we headed past the new glasshouse and onto the arboretum beyond to the look at the sculptures. Next we took a walk up Battleston Hill where winter colour and scent is most prevalent, the Hamamellis (Witch Hazels) are most magnificent and a good number of early flowering Rhododendrons are very vibrant.
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