The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey is marking the 21st anniversary of its renowned Winter Garden by embarking on a three-year project to refresh the popular feature.
The garden features approximately 150 plant species chosen for their winter colours, scents and textures.
Formerly named the Fairhaven Centenary Walk, the Winter Garden was planted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first Lord Fairhaven, who went on to leave Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust in 1966. The then Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, officially opened the garden on 5 November 1998 by planting a giant redwood at the start of the route.
Now, the garden team, led by Acting Head Gardener David Jordan, is working to refresh the plantings at key points along the 450m-long route.
Plant selection is ongoing but additions are set to include highly-scented, large-flowered Daphne ‘Perfume Princess’, swathes of early-flowering narcissi, honey-scented Galanthus ‘Magnet’, a variety of ferns and four new witch hazel and dogwood selections. The team will also be introducing some conifers (weeping blue Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’) for the first time along with topiary Pittosporum.
Work has already begun on resurfacing and edging paths, soil improvement and removing outgrown plants. New plants are being researched, sourced and grown, all in peat-free media.
The project is being part-funded by money raised through the property’s 2019 Special Places Raffle, with fundraising set to continue until January.