Having discovered the specific soil condition of the area, Mr. Timothy Whiteley bought this 60-acre woodland 30 years ago. The majority of the land was covered by familiar trees such as birches, oaks, and ashes, but despite these common inhabitants, the site is of large interest to horticulturists as about one-third of the area’s soil is acid in what is mainly alkaline territory.
After some time was spent pruning existing trees, there became room for new plants, and the acid soil enabled the cultivation of a wide range of Rhododendrons, Camellias, and Magnolias. Later on, several paths and rides were developed and a massive amount of bulbs and shrubs were planted.
The garden houses more than 80 different varieties of snowdrops, approximately 120 varieties of lilies, and about 300 roses. Contributing to the woodland’s attractiveness, thousands of Silla siberica bulbs were planted – resulting in an impressive blue stream. There is also an opportunity to see violet carpets made by Crocus tommasinianus, a major collection of Euonymus which makes the garden important from a conservation perspective, and plants such as the oak ‘Evenley Gold’, field maple ‘Evenley Red’, and the lily ‘Evenley Jane’ which were developed and propagated in the garden.
List of Birds
List of Butterflies
List of Moths
List of Liverworths and Mosses
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