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Royal Visit

Friday, Aug 19, 2016

Students on our Diploma in Garden Design course, accompanied by Principal Rob Whitehead, enjoyed two garden visits last weekend.

The first visit was to HRH The Prince of Wales’ wonderful garden at Highgrove.  The two hour tour led by one of the Prince’s expert guides took us all around the gardens as well as giving an insight into both their creation and evolution and the Prince’s gardening ideals and principles.  The whimsical topiary and enchanting stumpery were particularly popular and all were impressed by the relaxed informality of the garden.

A private visit to the gardens at Westonbirt School followed.  Managed by the Holfords of Westonbirt Trust, the gardens feature a wide variety of rare and interesting trees as well as the stunning Italian gardens and features such as a rockery and grotto and an original palm house.  Graduate Margie Hoffnung, now Conservation Officer at the Gardens Trust, was formerly Head Gardener here and has played a key part in the restoration of the gardens.

It was an inspiring day much enjoyed by all.