175th Anniversary Planting
Plants will be used to portray in pictorial form the 175th Anniversary of the foundation of the University in 1840. The planting will take the form of carpet bedding which was fashionable in during the Victorian era when the Winchester Diocesan Training School was founded.
The planting is to be located at the entrance to the University in the bed opposite the University’s Reception. Echeveria glauca plants will provide a raised profile to celebrate the 175 years and to highlight the name of the University. Surrounding the Echeveria glauca plants, ‘purple/black’ Alternantheria plants will represent the colours of the University’s academic dress, offset by ‘bright red’ and ‘gold/green’ Alternantheria plans.
Dame Mary Fagan Anniversary Rose Garden
The centrepiece of the planting will be the new, exclusive lavender coloured rose named after Dame Professor Mary Fagan, the University’s first Chancellor. The rose was commissioned from independent rose breeder Ronnie Rawlins, who is based in Huddersfield.
The Rose Garden will also feature existing roses named after the University’s second Chancellor, Alan Titchmarsh, and roses named after Winchester Cathedral. A range of climbing roses will be cultivated to grow up trellises. Areas of the Rose Garden will be delineated with low growing hedging and seating will provide a peaceful space for staff to relax.
The Dame Mary Fagan Rose Garden will be built at the rear of the Medecroft building.