rock garden

view of the Rock Garden

View of the Rock Garden

The Rock Garden took over four years to build and is probably the largest of its kind in Europe, covering some two acres. During the war this fell into neglect but was reclaimed and replanted in the late seventies. It is an ideal setting for Alpine rhododendron species from the higher elevations of the Himalayas. Ground hugging dwarf hybrid rhododendrons, Juniperus scopulorum ‘Sky Rocket’ and other rock plants grow around the large stones.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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