The Wild Garden
Spring flowering update
Old port, loderi, cinnabarinum and thomsonii all names of rhododendron currently in flower amongst many others. The red of the arboreum is the most visible of the rhododendron species. Other highlights include Doncaster surely one of the most photographed specimens in the park, lots of colour around the ling hut where the azaleodendron is prominent. The deciduous azaleas hits the senses both along the drive and down a valley with their sight and smell.
On our tree trail the handkerchief and snowdrop trees are both in flower.
22nd May 2015
Patches of bluebells can be seen in several places on the estate, mixed in with greater stitchwort on Weybourne Heath and combining with gorse in the parkland.
Bulbous and meadow buttercups are providing a sea of yellow in the parkland, also look out for the delicate blue flowers of speedwell. The vibrant blue flowers of the green alkanet alongside the flowering bird cherry and horse chestnut trees add another element to the wild garden alongside the rhododendron display.
22nd May 2015
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.
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.
The mix of native and specimen trees provides a variety of autumn colour in the wild garden. The ancient beech and oaks are amongst the last to show their colours.
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.
Rhododendron & Wild Garden Walk
Every Tuesday from May 5th to June 9th our head gardener Graham will lead a tour of the wild garden to see the colour provided by the flowering rhododendrons and azaleas alongside specimen trees from right across the world.
Further information. There is no need to book.
A group of volunteers go out every Friday to work in the wild garden. They are currently working on cutting back rhododendron so we do not lose one of our visitor routes around the rhododendron collection.
Like to help out? Download a registration form.