Rhododendron Festival at Sheringham Park

Walkers amongst the rhododendrons along the main drive

Sheringham Park has a nationally important collection of rhododendrons giving colour throughout much of the year to the garden. During May into early June the display comes to its peak when visitors can stroll down the main drive through the wild garden flanked on either side by flowering plants.

The rhododendron display is constantly changing so if you walk here regularly during May and into June, there is always be something new to see with different varieties coming into flower. 

The earliest plantings here are thought to date back to around 1850, the red-flowered forms of rhododendron arboreum amongst the tallest of the rhododendron species here we believe date back to that period. Seeds of various types were obtained at the turn of the 20th century from the plant collector Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson which added to the diversity of the rhododendron collection here at Sheringham Park. The Handkerchief Tree you can see flowering in May we believe also came from the seed collected on one of Wilson's expeditions to China .

With over 80 species of rhododendron and azalea present in the garden, a wide variety of colours are on display, with the many shades of  pink, red, purple, orange and yellow to attract your attention. 

" Behind many of the plants are stories of intrepid and adventurous plant hunters who brought them back to our shores from distant lands."
- Former Head Gardener, Graham Brennan