The RSBG’s collection of species rhododendrons blooms beginning in January with peak bloom typically occurring mid-March through mid-May. Most rhododendrons are naturally plants of the high mountains and the mild, early springs of the Pacific Northwest bring many of them into flowering well before many of us are even thinking about planting our dahlias and tomatoes.
However, there is always something in bloom in the Garden and it’s not always Rhodys! It’s fascinating to keep coming back to see the changing cycle of blooms. The early blooming plants aren’t in bloom now, while the those in bloom now weren’t in bloom earlier. The Rutherford Conservatory has something in bloom throughout the entire year.
Visiting the Garden is so much more than just blooming flowers. The foliage of species rhododendrons is so much more interesting than the typical hybrid. Come explore the fascinating foliage in the Victorian Sumpery which is filled with an amazing variety of ferns and other companion plants. It’s a must see at any time of the year, but particularly spring through fall.
Visit our self-guided tour page to sample what is currently in bloom in the Garden!