Scottish Rhododendron Festival

Until Thursday 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.


Celebrating rhododendrons at Edinburgh


Come to the Edinburgh Garden and see spectacular displays of rhododendrons blooming outdoors. Visit the Glasshouses and discover exotic Vireya rhododendrons.

RBGE has the largest cultivated collection of Vireya rhododendrons in the world. These plants thrive indoors in the Montane Tropics Glasshouse, benefiting from the long hours of daylight and cool temperatures of the summer growing season in Scotland.


Special rhododendron themed walks


Join a rhododendron expert on one of our special themed walks at the Edinburgh Garden. Meet at the John Hope Gateway. £6 per person.

 Tues 10 April, 2pm

 Mon 16 April, 11am

 Wed 18 April, 11am

Sat 28 April, 2pm

Fri 4 May, 2pm

Sun 20 May, 2pm

Mon 21 May, 11am


Rhododendron paradise at Benmore


Benmore's famous rhododendron collection boasts more than 250 species, 100 subspecies and a further 300 hybrids.

Enjoy a Rhododendron Walk and Workshop with David Chamberlain, an internationally-respected authority on rhododendrons, on Tues 24th April at 2pm (free with Garden admission).

Join members of Cowal Camera Club on a seasonal photography workshop on Thurs 3rd May at 2pm (free with Garden admission).


Spectacular spring colour at Dawyck


Visit Dawyck in springtime and prepare to be amazed by the riot of seasonal colour provided by the Garden's renowned collection of rhododendrons.   

Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the history of the Garden and its living collections every Sunday at 2.15pm (free with Garden admission).


Seasonal splendour at Logan


Discover Logan's unusual and fragrant collection of rhododendrons. Many rare and tender species thrive outdoors at Scotland's most exotic Garden.

Why not join a guided walk and find out more about the Garden's rhododendrons and other spring flowering plants. Walks will take place on Tues 10th April and Tues 8th May between 10.30am and noon (free with Garden admission).


To find out more about our Rhododendron Collections click here

Visit the Botanics' Shops

Don't forget to visit our shops where you will find a wonderful collection of spring plants, seeds, books and garden accessories for sale. Every purchase supports the important work of the Garden.



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