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.
This dense dark evergreen is one of the few flamboyant flowering trees that are at their best in mid-summer when most other flowering garden trees have finished. The abundant flowers resemble single brilliant white roses, but with only 4 petals. A large specimen can be found in the secret garden just off the main drive with a far younger tree a little further along the 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.