In its mountainside setting, Benmore offers spectacular displays of rhododendrons - 3,000 plants from 300 species arranged in botanical and geographical groupings. Rhododendrons are part of Benmore’s history. In the early 20th century, plant collectors such as George Forrest, Ernest Wilson and Joseph Rock brought back hundreds of new plants to Britain, including many new species of rhododendron. In the 1920s and 1930s, hundreds of rhododendrons were grown in the Edinburgh Nursery and then transferred to the wild wet mountainside in Argyll. Head to Benmore to see the spectacular garden.Find out more
Enjoy Logan's amazing rhododendron collection which features exotic and tender varieties which thrive in this Garden with its mild climate. "Logan has a rich collection of rhododendrons and in recent years many new species have been added to the collection from China and Northern Vietnam. Logan’s main focus is on subsection Maddenia, a large section mainly with very showy white flowers that are strongly fragrant. A visit to the Walled Garden during the festival will stimulate your senses with the delightful perfume produced from their showy and exotic looking flowers.Find out more
Dawyck is home to a fantastic collection of species rhododendrons, many of these are original introductions of their type. The climate at Dawyck has always been better suited to hardier, higher altitude species which have proved their tolerance to cold winters, late spring frosts and uncertain summers. Most notably plants from subsections Taliensia and Fortunei, thrive. Examples of these include R. decorum which produces fragrant pale pink flowers reliably each year, even after temperatures below -20C.Find out more
Scotland's Gardens is sharing in this year's Rhododendron Festival by offering many beautiful gardens open to the public and all raising money for charity. Many of these are private gardens not otherwise available to the public, and opening for a variety of public spirited causes. Help us by supporting our charities and enjoy a fantastic day out! See our website link for details of each garden.Find out more
Ardmaddy Castle Gardens - part of the "Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute" is open daily from 9 am till sunset. The Walled Garden is in its prime with a huge variety of rhododendrons in full flower, with Magnolias, Japanese and deciduous azaleas following on. The under storey now fully carpeted with many interesting and unusual ground cover plants, hardy perennials and other shrubs. For a guided tour, please ring 01852 300 353 to check availability.Find out more
Inverewe Garden is an eden of exotic colour and fragrance and is famed for its range of 400 different species of rhododendrons, with flowers to be found somewhere in the Garden every month of the year. Part of the Scottish Rhododendron Festival come and see its celebrated collection of rhododendrons burst into bloom.
The Garden is an experience for all the senses, a colourful, inspiring place to visit in any season, but particularly in the Spring.
Join a Sunday guided walk and see Dawyck's stunning collection of rhododendrons and other spring highlights. Celebrate the Scottish Rhododendron Festival with a guided walk at one of the world’s finest arboreta. The climate at Dawyck is suited to hardier, higher altitude species which have proved their tolerance to cold winters, late spring frosts and uncertain summers. As well as a stunning collection of rhododendrons, you will see some of Britain’s oldest and tallest trees. The walk, which is free with normal Garden admission, will last approximately one hour.Find out more