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View Point

The Winter Garden, so named for the earliest flowering shrubs found there, then stretches down to View Point from where the Isle of Wight can be seen across the marshes flanking the Beaulieu River and where the Arromanches Plaque now rests set in a block of Purbeck Stone. Here many large-leaved Rhododendron ‘Fortune’, with enormous yellow flower heads, grace the woods.

rhododendron fortune

Rhododendron 'Fortune'

The Camellia Walks provide the first floral traits of the year. Whole trees are covered from top to bottom with bloom. The original Camellia Walk skirts the south-eastern edge of Home Wood. The New Camellia Walk, running roughly parallel with it and planted out with many American and New Zealand hybrid camellias and magnolias, provides an interesting contrast in styles.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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