This is the best time of year to see our famous cherry blossom. The Cherry Orchard was begun in 2008 with the planting of 326 Tai Haku cherry trees, more than any other garden in the world. The Tai Hakus is known as "The Great White" because it has the largest blossom of any cherry tree. The Tai Haku was thought to be extinct until one was discovered in Sussex in 1923. All the Tai Haku growing in the world today descend from this one tree.
The lower drive in in the Cherry Orchard is made up of Himalayan Birch, Betula utilis. The reason behind this epithet is is that elements of Himalayan Birch are used for a wide spectrum of functions. The thin papery bark has been used for writing on for centuries and the wood of the tree are often components in packaging, roof construction, umbrella covers, bandages and more.
Under-planted beneath these trees can be found nearly 50,000 Alliums 'Purple Sensation". These are replacing the popular "Pink Mistress" tulips that have lit up the hillside over the past four years. The Allium are a herbaceous perennial with a beautiful purple-pink flower that has a strong odour of garlic and onion.