Garden Traveler: Rhododendron Festivals


Photo: Courtesy of Rhododendron State Park, New Hampshire

Photo: Courtesy of Rhododendron State Park, New Hampshire

Rhododendron State Park

Fitzwilliam, NH

During mid-July, if you can, pay a visit to the New Hampshire Rhododendron State Park’s 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the largest in northern New England and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.

Here are some other Rhododendron Festivals around the country:

April and early May


Hamilton Gardens, located in the North Georgia Mountains on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, has the largest collection of rhododendrons in Georgia. More than 400 varieties of rhododendron – 3,000 plants in all, plus dogwood, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wild flowers, and trillium. Peak viewing season usually occurs the last two weeks in April through the first two weeks in May. The gardens are open year around.

  • May 13- 18, 2013

78th Annual Rhododendron Festival

Port Townsend, Washington

  • May 17 – 19, 2013

Florence Rhododendron Festival

Florence, Oregon

  • May 18 – May 26, 2013 

Heritage Museums & Gardens – Rhododendron Festival

Sandwich MA

  • June 14-15, 2013

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival

Bakersville NC

  • June 15-16, 2013

Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival

Roan Mountain TN




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