Gardens hit by winter storms re-open to the public

Knoll Gardens in Wimborne, Dorset will re-open on April 1 after enforced closure caused by storm damage on 15-16 February.

Knoll rhododendron
Knoll rhododendron

Trees lost to the storm included a Monterey Pine and a Eucalyptus.

Owner Neil Lucas said: "It was a huge blow to lose so many trees in such a short time. But in a garden it is hard to stay disappointed for very long.

"The primrose yellow flowers are already beginning to open across the magnificent dome of our Rhododendron macabeanum in the Damp Garden, and the chocolate vine, Akebia quinata will soon be covered in its distinctive chocolate-coloured flowers.

"And of course we still have some wonderful trees to enjoy including our young cork, Quercus suber with its trademark textured bark. The equally fascinating spongy rufous bark of our giant redwood is also worth looking out for."

He plans to work with a local sculptor to create a bee house in the trunk of the pine, whilst the eucalyptus will be trimmed and tidied leaving a large part of the tree as it fell to see if it will re-grow and that re-growth can then be safely incorporated into the garden.


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