The Wild Garden
Spring flowering update
There is some nice colour in the wild garden at the present time with a number of rhododendrons in flower including calophytum, niveum, arboreum, lutescens and macabeanum.
Two giant pieris trees are dripping with flowers alongside magnolias and camellias. There are also a number of sergeant cherry trees showing their colours.
The colour will continue to build over the coming weeks but is constantly changing. Our Facebook page and twitter feed has regular updates.
14th April 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.