The garden’s unusual band of acid soil, in this otherwise predominantly alkaline area, provides the opportunity to cultivate plants such as rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, which would not ordinarily thrive in this location. From the emergence of the first snowdrops in January, right through to its wonderful autumn hues, there’s something for all to see throughout the seasons in Evenley Wood Garden.
Carpets of named snowdrops in February run into wonderful spring bulbs and the garden’s 800m long Scilla ‘stream’ as the garden jumps into life. Some 150 magnolias follow and are later joined by the first flush of new leaves, rhododendrons and azaleas. As the season slows down a wonderful display of autumn colours can be seen in the leaf, bark, seeds and berries of the garden’s plant collection, ranging from beautiful rustic oranges and fiery reds to greens, gold and brown.
Collections of particular note in the garden include oak, pear, apple, maple and what is possibly the largest collection of euonymus in Europe. These sit alongside hardy bulb collections including lilies, spanning all hybrid types, scillas and snowdrops.
With an extensive network of paths giving the opportunity for hours of exploration, you can also take a break from your walk and enjoy light refreshments in the pavilion or bring a picnic and enjoy a day out with the whole family. You can also host your own memorable events, corporate or private, in what is a unique, natural setting for any occasion.