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This website is edited by me as a Dutchman; so it is understandable, that I can't write about the rest of the world. Certainly not about all the interesting parks, gardens and nurseries in any country in the world. Though it might be possible, that I could find the time to write about quite some gardens in the USA, that I visited during some Conventions that I attended. I have some thousands of slides about them, so it is a challenge to put some reports on this website. Till then I hope you will be satisfied to see and read about parks, gardens and nurseries in western Europe. May be I will make some albums to get a 'wider perspective' of what we have 'here'.
Unfortunately we don't have so many large parks with rhododendrons and azaleas here as in Germany or England. However, seeing the list below it does not mean there is nothing. Surely not. We are working on it, meaning, that our Dutch Rhododendron Society works together with the Agricultural University in Wageningen to build up a large Rhododendron collection at the 'Belmonte' park in Wageningen. Below you will find the following gardens:
in Groningen, north of the city of Groningen.
'Park der Gärten', near Bad Zwischenahn. Very valualble! Also for heathers and conifers. See page
on this website!
The 'Brunspark' near Gristede and Bad Zwischenahn. Very attractive with an abundance of rhodo’s en azalea’s. Many with their names..
The 'Hobbiepark', founded by Dietrich Hobbie; a large park with many acres in a natural setting. Also a nursery and plant sale.
Crowded on Saturdays in May and June. Impressive! Most rhodos without names. In Westerstede-Petersfeld (Linswege)
See also their website: www.hobbie-rhodo.de
The Botanical Garden and Rhodopark in Bremen – Markusallee 60 - also with tropical rhodos. Probably the largest Rhodopark in
Germany - Ostfriesland: Park Lütetsburg, Album
Europe. Very well layed out. Worth a day-trip! Home of the 'German Rhododendron Society', the 'Deutsche Rhododendron Gesellschaft'.
The 'Grugapark' in Essen, where rhodos grow in acid sandy-loamy soil.
In Ludwigsburg the 'Schloßpark'; the largest collection of rhodos and azaleas in southern Germany.
The 'Schloßpark' in Oldenburg in northern Germany with very old rhododendrons.
And not to forget, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, parks and gardens in eastern Germany, Dresden, Gaußig and Kamenz.
Nurseries which grow and sell rhodos and azaleas in the region of Bad Zwischenahn are legion,
like gardencenter and nursery Böhlje in Westerstede and north of Hamburg:
Nursery and garden of the Hachmann family in Barmstedt. Famous for their new introductions.
in England, who does not know them, are famous and a ‘must to see’!!
Especially south of London.
There are many special 'garden-trips' to these parks and gardens, most in cambination with castles.
Exbury gardens in Hampshire, not far from the coast. Large, famous and beautifiul! There are books about the park.
Borde Hill in West Sussex.
Leonardslee Gardens, in my opinion one of the very best. Also plant-sale.
Kew gardens, near or in London, London is big, right!
Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming, Surrey, also with special trees and shrubs.
Wisley Garden, the 'home-garden' of the English RHS. Nice, but the rhodo-part a bit disappointing.
ISBN: 0 09 178365 8; Publisher: 'Vermilion' in Londen.
In 1996 my wife and I were in Scotland and admired many great parks and gardens, and were jealous of the gardeners who can grow rhododendrons and azaleas, that are not hardy enough in Holland. We stayed most in Oban, on the western coast of Scotland.
Oban. Oban is a good starting point for garden visits.
Barguillean’s Angus garden, also not far from Oban. With nursery!!
Torosay gardens, also with nice castle on the Isle of Mull. Ferry from Oban, 15 minutes.
Dawyck garden just north of England in an area called the “Borders”
Gardentrip through Scotland in 6 albums, starting here
In Belgium there are also some fine gardens and parks. As far as Rhododendron and azaleas are concerned I mention the following:
Kalmthout, not far from Antwerp. Also many other shrubs, trees and plants.
Very fine and valuable!.
Tuin en park of Mr. De Clerck in Nevele near Gent. He has a large collection of rhododendons.
Arboretum Privinciaal Domein Bokrijk, near Genk.
Park and Estate 'Herckenrode' north of Brussels..
Park van Beervelde, 20 acres in a landscape style with many azaleas. Near Lochristi.
If you know more interesting parks or gardens with many rhododendrons and\or azaleas, please let me know:.
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