Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’
Several planted through out the gardens (the big shrubs
with pink flowers you won't miss them!)
This winter flowering Viburnum is a cross between the equally
garden worthy Viburnum grandiflorum and Viburnum ferreri,
both native to China.
It was originally created by Charles Lamont who was the
assistant curator at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh in
1933. For some unknown reason he was not keen the resulting
hybrid, he decided not to propagate it.
In 1934, the same cross was undertaken at Bodnant Gardens (hence
the name bodnantense). Luckily the gardeners there did like
it and introduced it for the rest of us to enjoy.
Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit). This
award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS
following plant trials during which the plant met strict
criteria testing its garden worthiness.