Spring into Nature at Rowallane Garden
Winter has finally drawn to a close. It is now the perfect time to get outdoors and reconnect with nature as Rowallane Garden bursts into life over Spring. Come for a walk, explore the garden and take in all the vibrant colours, fresh scents and the sounds of a wide range of wildlife beginning to wake up after a long winter sleep.
Explore the garden and become a Plant Hunter – Throughout Spring
Begin your very own Plant Hunter’s adventure as you learn about a range of plants from all over the world. This fun packed activity takes you on a journey throughout history and introduces you to some of the daring plant hunters that first discovered some of the plants and trees waiting to be found in the garden.
You can download your Plant Hunter's Passport in two parts here.
Spring Sensory Walk – Throughout Spring
Slow down, feel the earth under your feet,
Look around, notice things,
Listen to the sounds and silences,
Feel the air on your face and breathe.
As you wander around, look out for the lotus to help you out.
Download our top tips for mindfulness here
Discover Hidden Habitats – Throughout May
Rowallane Garden is home to a range of fascinating creatures. You just need to spot them. Explore, keep a close watch and discover a range of habitats waiting to be found. Look out for frogs and birds, a range of pollinators and insects that call this special place home.
You can download a copy here (PDF / 1.01953125MB) download
Things to look out for on your walk
Did you know that some of the 1500 rhododendrons at Rowallane Garden have been here since the Rev John Moore planted them over 100 years ago?
Rev John Moore nephew, Hugh Armytage Moore, who inherited the garden in 1903, was an avid plant collector and with the help of expert plant hunters (who often risked their lives seeking out these treasures) he developed the collection until his death in 1955.We are extremely lucky to have a huge range of diverse and unusual species here, ranging from the smallest almost bonsai to the tallest of trees.
Colour all year round
Rhododendrons can be seen flowering at Rowallane throughout the year, even when much of the garden is still in its winter sleep. The purple pink blooms of the delightful rhododendron mucronulatum stand out against the yellow walls of the house as early (or late) as December.
Look out for the gorgeous, creamy, waxy blooms of rhododendron macabeanum while you’re driving up the avenue. The delicately scented blooms of rhododendron ‘cilipinense’ and rhododendron moupinense dotted about the garden are a welcome sight in the early stages of spring.
We have a stunning display throughout the garden but particularly on the spring ground which lasts from early spring until late summer starting with the cool whites, pinks and mauves of the delicate rhododendron triflorums in the spring, through to the yellows, pinks and reds of the summer, many filling the air with their delicious fragrance.
Be sure to come along this spring and spot all the lovely pinks and whites that can be seen all throughout the garden this spring and summer.
Did you know that we have our own variety of Daffodil known as 'Narcissus Rowallane'? Long celebrated in art and literature, narcissi are associated with a number of themes in different cultures, ranging from death to good fortune, and as symbols of spring.
Whats in a name?
Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllis family, The name 'Daffodil' is derived from 'affodell', a variant of asphodel. The narcissus was frequently, referred to as the asphodel and from at least the 16th century, 'Lent Lily' and "Daffydowndilly" have appeared as alternative names
Narcissus were well known in ancient civilisation. The genus is generally considered to have about ten sections with approximately 50 species. The exact origin of the name Narcissus is unknown, but it is often linked to a Greek word for intoxicated (narcotic) and the myth of the youth of that name who fell in love with his own reflection.
Narcissus have been used for centuries as traditional medicines for a variety of complaints. Some plants are described in the Bible in the treatment for what is thought to be cancer. Daffodil products have received a wide variety of other uses including the application to wounds, strains, painful joints and various local ailments as an ointment called ‘Narcissimum’. Powdered flowers have also been used medically, as an emetic, a decongestant and for the relief of dysentery, in the form of a syrup or infusion. The French used the flowers as an antispasmodic, the Arabs the oil for baldness and also an aphrodisiac. Narcissus tazetta bulbs have also been used for contraception, while the flowers have been recommended for hysteria and epilepsy
In the garden
The species are native to meadows and woods in southwest Europe and North Africa with a center of diversity in the Western Mediterranean, particularly the Iberian peninsula. Narcissi are well suited for planting under small thickets of trees , They also grow well in perennial borders, where they can be grouped as 6 - 12 bulbs.Narcissi bulbs are not attractive to rodents and are sometimes planted near tree roots in orchards to protect them.