Winter Garden: Anglesey Abbey

With much of the country experiencing record-breaking cold, I thought it time to share some of the photos I took during a fall visit to Anglesey Abbey, a  National Trust property in the UK that is renown for its Winter Garden.  Built on the site of a 12th century priory, Anglesey Abbey features 98 acres of gardens as well as a Jacobean-style house and a 200-year-old working mill. The grounds were laid out by the estate’s last private owner, Lord Fairhaven in the 1930s.

With plantings that look especially glorious in cold weather when garden color is often lacking, the Winter Garden features trees with colorful or textured bark (the Tibetan Cherry below was positively glowing), as well as winter-fruiting shrubs and flowering bulbs.  Its position along the eastern edge of the grounds takes advantage of the low winter sun which highlights the details of the unusual plants along the winding walk. The estate also features an arboretum, rolling lawns, avenues of trees and over 100 examples of Lord Fairhaven’s sculpture collection.

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