If you’ve watched or heard the news today, you can’t have failed to notice that Chartwell was the location for a pretty special announcement today. Those of you that missed it can play catch up by clicking right here. We’re mighty proud that Sir Winston Churchill has been chosen as the new face of the £5 note and even prouder that the Bank of England chose Chartwell as the place to launch the news. We’ve had a teensy heads up on this story for a little while now which means we’ve been working extra hard in the garden to get everything looking spic and span for the visit of the Churchill family, Bank Of England Governer Sir Mervyn King and the various television film crews.
One of the areas we concentrated on was getting the Pink Terrace looking its best as this was where a reception for the visiting VIPs was to take place after the bank announcement today. Accessed from Lady Churchill’s Sitting Room as you first enter the house as a visitor, this area was a favourite place of Winston and Clemmie to entertain their guests and enjoy the stunning views over the gardens and the wider landscape, as the picture below shows all too well…
We plant up the troughs and tubs on the Pink Terrace each year, once with Spring bedding and then again with Summer bedding. At the moment the Spring bedding plants are obviously still taking centre stage. If you pop out onto the terrace right now you’ll be able to see the likes of pink, white and purple hyacinths, white Forget-me-nots, white and pink pom pom daisies and white and cream wallflowers. And there are still purple, pink and white tulips still to flower, which in most other years would be blooming already!
And as I mentioned earlier, it’s not just the plants themselves that are worth a peak on the Pink Terrace. The view across the Chartwell estate shows off the parkland, orchard and woodland to great effect as the panoramic picture below will reveal if you give it a little click:
If you venture out onto the Pink Terrace and take any pictures yourself then you can always submit them into our Chartwell Garden Photography Competition. Who knows, yours might get chosen for inclusion in the 2014 Chartwell Garden Calendar. Click on this link for more information.
Hopefully this blog will have made you realise that Chartwell and the Pink Terrace in particular is certainly somewhere to take ‘note’ of! (Can you see what I did there?!) Either way, we hope to see you here soon. And from 2016 you’ll be able to bring your Churchill fivers with you!