The Wild Garden

Upcher Snowdrop

The Upcher snowdrop can be seen in a number of locations around the estate. © Malcolm Fisher

The Upcher snowdrop can be seen in a number of locations around the estate.

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.

Rhododendrons

Rhododenddrons on main drive at Sheringham Park © Rosemary Bird

Rhododenddrons on main drive at Sheringham Park

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

Patches of bluebell can be found in a number of places in the spring © National Trust Lyme Park

Patches of bluebell can be found in a number of places in the spring

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.

Doncaster

Doncaster, one of 80 species of Rhododendron and Azalea at Sheringham Park © Keith Zealand

Doncaster, one of 80 species of Rhododendron and Azalea at Sheringham Park

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.

Handkercheif tree

Ernest Wilson brought The Handkerchief Tree to Sheringham Park © Malcolm Fisher

Ernest Wilson brought The Handkerchief Tree to Sheringham Park

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

Specimen trees

The Smooth Japanese Maple is one of many specimen trees at Sheringham Park © Malcolm Fisher

The Smooth Japanese Maple is one of many specimen trees at Sheringham Park

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.

Eucryphia

Eucryphia flowering in late summer © Malcolm Fisher

Eucryphia flowering in late summer

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.
 

Take a look of our trees through Brian’s eyes.

 

 

 

Rhododendron Walk

Walk with head gardener Graham Brennan on a tour of the wild garden when the flowering is at its peak. He will share with you his knowledge of the wild garden built up from his 10 years working here.

Bower

A great place for families to relax. Adults observe while children see what lives in the pond or use their imagination in our environmental art area. Find out what you can smell, feel and hear in the sensory garden.

Veteran Trees

Sheringham Park is home to magnificent veteran trees. Oak trees probably planted at the time of the Black Death (1348), sweet chestnuts with their twisted trunks and beech trees all thrive here.

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