The Wild Garden
Among the snowdrops found in the park is one named after the family that owned and ran the estate for over 170 years.
The Upcher Snowdrop 'galanthus nivalis upchrii' originates from Crimea being bigger with thicker leaves than many varieties.
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.
Bluebells are one of the great sights of spring. Patches can be found throughout the estate providing a food source for a number of insects.
One of the stars of the wild garden, the brilliant crimson-scarlet flowers are one of the most photographed in the park.
Normally flowering in May it cannot be missed as you walk down the main drive.
Also known as Dove Tree, this is one of the many plants brought to the estate by plant collector Ernest Wilson.
Normally flowering in May, its true flower is a dull green globular cluster but it is backed by flamboyant papery bracts which flutter like pocket handkerchiefs in the breeze
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.
This dense evergreen is at its best in mid-summer when it is covered with flowers that resemble brilliant white roses.
We have two specimens here, one just off the main drive with its more senior partner in the secret garden.
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.