The Winter Garden is close to the Visitor Pavilion. It has more than 650 plants grown for their winter beauty. It has been planted to show a wide range of plants that are at their best from November until March. This is a period that many assume is a 'quiet' time for gardens.
In early 2014 The Winter Garden was extended. It now covers around 4 acres in total, being one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe. Many new plants have been added. This includes 500 Cyclamen tubers planted as a ground cover in a bed near the small summer house.
The planting features a palette of bark, bold coloured stems, scent and foliage. Close to the Visitor Centre is a large new bed planted with Salix (willow), Cornus (dogwoods). There is also extra height provided by some existing birch trees. It is a simple combination of just four or five plant groups to improve the entrance to the Winter Garden.
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