03:00AM, Saturday 19 April 2014
The Royal Landscape at Windsor Great Park has won the main prize at a top competition held at the Royal Horticultural Society's world famous Wisley Gardens.
It scooped the Alan Hardy Challenge Salver, after entering in 27 classes in the rhododendron competition held at Wisley over the weekend of April 12 and 13.
Mark Flanagan, keeper of the gardens at Windsor Great Park, said: “This award showcases the breadth and quality of the Windsor collection.
"It includes a combination of species and hybrids many well-known and historic but also recently introduced plants, some flowering for the first time with us such as rhododendron ochraceum.”
The Royal Landscape holds the National Collection of Rhododendron species on its sites at the Valley, Virginia Water and Savill Garden, Englefield Green.
Pictured are head of Savill Garden Harvey Stephens, Royal Horticultural Society executive vice-president Jim Gardiner, assistant keeper of the Great Park gardens Graham Sanderson and team leader at Valley Gardens Geoff Evans.
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