Winkworth Arboretum is a wonderful find. Maintained by the National Trust, the hillside arboretum has 1,000 different shrubs and trees with many of them rare. The red, orange and yellow hues displayed in Autumn are incredible, so much so we made two visits to take full advantage! In February we were greeted with daffodils, snowdrops and sunshine too.
Having not visited Winkworth Arboretum in Spring before, a return visit was necessary to see the magnolias, bluebells and azaleas. This is the sight that greeted me when I arrived – bluebells as far as the eye could see.
That wasn’t the last of them though, beautiful bluebell displays were everywhere - in some cases lining each side of the pathway.
If that wasn’t magical enough, heading towards the Azalea Steps I turned a corner only to be greeted by a huge rhododendron. It was so immense it stopped me me in tracks and caused me to saw “oh wow” out loud. This towering ball of white must have been five times the size of me, I’ve never seen anything like it.
Little did I know what was around the corner.
The Azalea Steps are something else. An inferno of colour all the way down to the Boat House and Rowe’s Flash Lake. It was a breathtaking sight.
As well as capturing the azaleas en masse, it was great to get up close too. There was so much to discover
like these moss covered branches.
The smell was wonderful too.
Even at the bottom of the Azalea Steps you couldn’t help but turn back and have another peek.
The Boat House looked as inviting as it always does.
Inside you can read its history, see old books
and a few of the flowers I’d seen were there as well.
The view from the Boat House was as beautiful as it always is
and there was no shortage of blooms nearby.
The walk back took me across the Badgers Bowl and up to the viewing platform. The reward being wonderful views across the Surrey countryside.
It’s the first time I’ve visited Winkworth Arboretum in Spring – it really was spectacular.
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