The Rockeries

The Rockery at Woodstock was partially planted as a result of excavations for the Winter Garden Terrace. The Victorian Rockery served a quiet distinct idea from modern ideas of rock and alpine gardens. Rather than creating a natural effect the idea was to create a fantasy landscape. In Woodstock large quantities of Granite and coloured Quartz were mounded into fantastic shapes.

A variety of exotic plants peopled this landscape. Ferns were very much in evidence, another Victorian passion. Other plants used included Bamboos, Phormiums – New Zealand Flax and Pampas Grass.

Unfortunately little of this planting survives, except a magnificent Cabbage Palm. However the Rock work has been cleared of weeds and brambles revealing the beauty of the original stonework.


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