The Moat Garden, Windsor Castle
Today we will be guided around this private garden attached to Norman Tower, the official residence of the Castle Governor. The dramatic topography of the Moat Garden dates back at least to the creation of the original motte-and-bailey castle by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century.
The garden was transformed in 1901 by Sir Dighton Probyn. Today the garden broadly retains the design as established by Probyn, who embellished an earlier framework of terraces, paths and steps largely established in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The peculiarity of the garden’s plan is only equalled by the astonishing diversity of its levels.
These terraces and walks form distinct areas within the garden. On the whole there is a good survival of these features including the Lavender walk with its lavender-filled vases set against climbing roses, Geraniums, Phlox, Agapanthus and Sedums amongst others, a garden house which was added, known as ‘King James’s Herbere’, from which given its height, spectacular views are a particular feature.
Photos: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017