The Wild Garden
We have over 80 species of Rhododendron and Azalea in the wild garden providing colour through much of the year with peak flowering occurring from mid May into early June.
Two viewing platforms provide ideal vantage points from which to look down on a carpet of colour and over the surrounding countryside.
Chilean Lantern tree
Flowering in May and June our Chilean lantern trees are one of the hidden gems of the wild garden. Tucked away a group of seven trees are situated in a small clearing towards the northern end of the garden. Their flowers hanging like long stalked crimson lanterns are certainly worth a small detour from the main drive. Ask in the visitor centre for directions.
The park has a great variety of specimen trees from all over the world.
This Smooth Japanese Maple is a fine example giving a different look throughout the year. It is particularly eye catching during the autumn.
You can purchase a guide for £1.50 providing details of 21 species that can be found in the park.
Ancient and remarkable trees
We have some special trees in the park, some ancient, some just big including a national champion and even one that walks. Our national ancient tree advisor Brian Muelaner led a walk here recently; see what he thinks about some of our ancient and remarkable trees.