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The Wee Garden is a veritable ark of exotic plant life, hailing from Latin America to Australasia. Spread out over an area of five acres, it's anything but wee!
In fact species from the southern hemisphere in particular flourish here, benefiting from the sheltered nature of the site. One such plant is known as Banksia Marginata, or the Silver Banksia. Named after the famous botanist Joseph Banks; it was grown from seed collected from New Zealand and Tasmania. It is rather unusual to see a plant of such delicate constitution this far north, however it has proved itself hardy enough to endure temperatures of minus seven degrees at Mount Stuart.
Survivors from the original design share this habitat with their contemporaries, as constant planting over the generations has enhanced and developed this secluded space. Such survivors include Quercus suber, commonly called the Cork Oak, and Crinodendron hookerianum, also known as the Chilean Lantern tree. During the summer months the latter blooms hundreds of tiny red lantern-shaped flowers, giving the tree its unusual name. Towering at over thirty feet, its height is rivalled only by a magnificent 17th century obelisk that stands at the centre of the garden, covered in deeply carved symbols and dials.