The Valley and Savill Gardens Win RHS award

The Royal Landscape, Windsor Great Park, is delighted to have won the Alan Hardy Challenge Salver which is the main prize in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Early Rhododendron Competition held at RHS Wisley last weekend.

17 April 2014

Valley Gardens Punch Bowl spring

Rhododendrons from The Valley and Savill Gardens were entered in twenty-seven classes and received most points across the entire competition.

Mark Flanagan, Keeper of The Gardens, Windsor Great Park, said: "This award showcases the breadth and quality of the Windsor collection. It includes a combination of species and hybrids, many well-known and historic but also recently introduced plants, some flowering for the first time with us such as Rhododendron ochraceum."

The Royal Landscape holds the National Collection of Rhododendron species and visitors to The Valley and Savill Gardens can enjoy these spectacular displays which are at their best now. Many of the rhododendrons were selected from the extensive collection in The Valley Gardens, highlighting a number of plants raised from original introductions from China and the Himalayas.

The public can also enjoy The Valley Gardens' 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. The famous Punch Bowl will be ablaze with Japanese Kurume Azaleas from late April.

Visitor facilities have also been improved in the area. For those wishing to enjoy a stroll from Virginia Water to The Valley Gardens, the new Virginia Water Pavilion provides excellent catering facilities. There is also a new car park at The Valley Gardens, together with seasonal catering.

Highlights to enjoy 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.

Further information

The Royal Landscape