Ferns in the rock garden
The ferns are unfurling from their winter slumber in the rock garden, appearing as these curled other-worldly forms. Swathes sprout from the ground, seemingly from nowhere, with their soft, bright green leaves. The rock garden was created in the early 20th century and originally planted with alpines, but later in the century, the garden was restored and the alpines replaced with ferns, creating another home for a National Collection of Ferns. Other National Collections can be found in the stumpery and the orchard.