Thursday, 21 April 2011


Gardening enthusiasts can embrace the colourful spectacle and scent of Rhododendrons during a series of evening walks at a Midlands stately home.

Weston Park, the former ancestral home to the Earls of Bradford, is opening sections of its woodland on Thursday 12th, Saturday 14th and Thursday 19th May for exclusive guided walks along its Rhododendron and Azalea lined pathways.

Introduced to the Weston Park estate by the Victorians it was a further 60 years later in the early 20th century, that the 4th Countess of Bradford expanded the floral collection with more fashionable hybrids. The shrubs were aimed at creating a riot of colour and fragrance designed at impressing visitors.

The guided walks commence at 6.30pm capturing the intense aroma and rich colours of purple, mauves, reds and pinks.

Weston Park’s Head Gardener Martin Gee said: “Early evening is the ideal time to witness the impressive beauty of this ‘king of the shrubs’.

Entry is £5.00 for adults, £4.50 for seniors and £3.00 for children and is payable on the evening.

The Granary Grill, Bar & Restaurant is open for dinner after the walk, reservations are advised.

For more information contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or email

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