Having discovered the specific soil condition of the area, Mr. Timothy Whiteley bought a 60 acre woodland 30 years ago. The majority of the area was covered by common trees such as birches, oaks, ashes, spruces and hornbeams. However, the site offered a big interest for horticulturists as about one third of the area is acid in a mainly alkaline territory. After a few years spent pruning existing trees, there was room for new plants and the acid soil enabled 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 planted.
There are more than 80 different varieties of snowdrops, approximately 90 varieties of lilies and about 120 roses. To make the woodland area more attractive, thousands of Silla siberica bulbs were planted to get impressive blue streams running across whole woodland garden. The other parts of the garden offer a chance to see violet carpets made by Crocus tommasinianus. A major collection of Euonymus makes the garden important from a conservation perspective. Also, there are eight plants such as oak ‘Evenley Gold’, field maple called ‘Evenley Red’ or lily ‘Evenley Jane’ which have been developed and propagated in the garden.
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