ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH - RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL Scottish Rhododendron Festival
NOW THRU - Wed 31 May
Enjoy wonderful displays of rhododendrons at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a centre for Rhododendron studies since the 19th century.
NOW THRU - Wed 31 May
Enjoy wonderful displays of rhododendrons at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a centre for Rhododendron studies since the 19th century. Together, our four Gardens - Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan - have one of the world's richest collections.
All four Gardens are taking part in this year's Scottish Rhododendron Festival which is being organised by Discover Scottish Gardens and supported by VisitScotland.
See exotic rhododendrons at Edinburgh
Vist the Edinburgh Garden and enjoy a spectacular display of rhododendrons that bloom outdoors and also explore the exotic rhododendrons in the Glasshouses.
Why not take a Spring Walk with a garden guide, daily at 11am and 2pm from the John Hope Gateway Visitor Centre? The cost is £6 per person.
Rhododendron paradise at Benmore
If you would like to see a magnificent display, then head to Benmore where its collection boasts more than 250 species, 100 subspecies and a further 300 hybrids.
Join a Rhododendron Spring Walk on Thursday, 20 April at 6.30pm. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Spectacular spring colour at Dawyck
Visit Dawyck in springtime and prepare to be amazed by the riot of seasonal colour provided by plants including rhododendrons and bluebells.
Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the history of the Garden and its plant collections every Sunday at 2.15pm (free with Garden admission).
Seasonal splendour at Logan
Enjoy a walk around Logan's unusual and fragrant collection of rhododendrons. Many rare and tender species thrive at Scotland's most exotic Garden.
Make sure you see the best of Logan by joining one of the many guided tours held throughout the season.
Rhododendrons at the four Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has been the major centre for Rhododendron studies since the late nineteenth century. Together, the collections in our four Gardens - Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan - comprise the world's richest assemblage of species rhododendrons. About half of all the 1,000 known species are cultivated in the Gardens and include most of the temperate species and over a third of those known in the tropics.
The Edinburgh collection is planted largely according to subsections. This gives visitors a good visual impression of the different groups, and allows rhododendron specialists to locate and compare closely-related plants easily.
More than 250 species, 100 subspecies and a further 300 hybrids of Rhododendron grow at Benmore. It also holds an outstanding collection of Hobbie hybrids, named after the German grower who crossed R. forrestii var. repens and R. williamsianum with existing hybrids to produce a series of dwarfed, hardy rhododendrons.
Dawyck has a unique and extremely valuable rhododendron collection. Rhododendron Walk and Scrape Glen burst with colour between April and June, as does the flamboyant Azalea Terrace.
At Logan, members of Rhododendron subsection Maddenia flourish in the Walled Garden. This group of rhododendrons is characterised by fragrant cream coloured blooms such as those of R. johnstoneanum, which grows in the shelter of the castle just inside the Woodland Garden. Rhododendron edgeworthii, one of the more