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The Living Legacy Garden

The ‘Living Legacy’ Garden commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and celebrates the role of Wellington College as the national memorial to the 1st Duke of Wellington.

The Living Legacy Garden Designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam

Designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam of Wilson McWilliam Studio, the composition of the Living Legacy  Garden will reflect the bleakness and brutality of the Battle of Waterloo, with elements of the garden inspired by the landscape and terrain of Waterloo. 

The Living Legacy Garden Designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam

The garden will progress from this through to a representation of the iconic architecture of Wellington College, on which, as at the College itself, the bricks will be inscribed with the markings of current pupils from the College, its sister school Wellington College International Shanghai and Wellingto.

The Living Legacy Garden Designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam

Standing looking over the garden will be the sculpture of a lone figure, designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam.  The figure will be partially hidden by rising ground and willow foliage, reflecting how Wellington was famous for hiding or partially obscuring his troops.

The Living Legacy Garden Designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam

Plant list

Zone A

Trees
In coppice and pollard form, rising in height towards the rear boundary

Salix alba

Perennials and grasses

Dryopteris filix-mas
Euphorbia palustris
Luzula nivea
Silene dioica
Digitalis purpurea
Filipendula ulmaria
Valeriana officinalis
Anthriscus sylvestris
Campanula trachelium
Persicaria bistorta
Aquilegia vulgaris
Deschampsia cespitosa
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Garnet Schist'
Lythrum salicaria

Zone B

Hedges

Dryopteris filix-mas
Euphorbia palustris
Luzula nivea
Silene dioica
Digitalis purpurea
Filipendula ulmaria
Valeriana officinalis
Anthriscus sylvestris
Campanula trachelium
Persicaria bistorta
Aquilegia vulgaris
Deschampsia cespitosa
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Garnet Schist'
Lythrum salicaria
Zone C

Trees
In cubes and pleached cubes

Fagus sylvatica

Perennials and grasses

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Stipa gigantea
Stipa tenuissima
Meconopsis cambrica
Iris sibirica 'White Swirl'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Duchesse de Nemours'
Phlomis russeliana
Euphorbia palustris
Libertia grandiflora
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
Geranium macrorrhizum 'White-Ness'
Lupinus 'Polar Princess'
Eremurus himalaicus
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora
Cenolophium denudatum
Lythrum virgatum 'Dropmore Purple'
Iris sibirica 'Tropic Night'
Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle'
Papaver somniferum 'Black Peony'
Delphinium (Belladonna Group) 'Atlantis'
Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta'
Lupinus 'Red Rum'
Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball'
Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Beauty'
Iris chrysographes
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Briza media 'Limouzi'
Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood'
Cirsium rivulare 'Trevor's Blue Wonder'
Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips'
Aruncus dioicus 'Zweiweltenkind'

Roses

Rosa 'Winchester Cathedral'
Rosa 'Munstead Wood'
Rosa 'Darcey Bussell'
Zone D

Hedge and trees

Quercus robur
Fagus sylvatica

Perennials and grasses

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Polygonatum x hybridum
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Libertia grandiflora
Geranium macrorrhizum 'White-Ness'
Asarum europaeum
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora (Thompson & Morgan)
Hosta 'Devon Green'
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Cenolophium denudatum
Nectaroscordum siculum
Astrantia major 'Large White'
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Alba'
Deschampsia cespitosa
Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips'
Andrew Wilson