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Scented Rhododendrons - The Smellies

Scented Rhododendrons - The Smellies
Friday 3rd May 2024




Lecture by Charles Williams

Suitable for Complete Beginners, Ideal for All, with no prior experience necessary, however all garden lovers would benefit from this interesting lecture.

This lecture will cover the extraordinary fragrance of the group of late flowering 'smellie' Rhododendrons in all their glory.  Hardiness (should they be kept in a conservatory or outdoors) will be a key factor, as will be propagation, hybridisation and care of this very special group of rhododendrons.

We will detail:

  • The rare and very tender Rh. sino nuttallii
  • The Caerhays bred Rh. 'Bert's Own' (pictured)
  • The principal scented species Rh. crassum, polyandrum, johnstoneanum, lindleyi, formosum and their hybrids ('Fragrantissimum','Lady Alice Fitzwilliam', 'Countess of Haddington' and more)

The tour will ignore all the normal routes around the garden, we will be following our noses to seek out and find these 'smellie' Rhododendrons.

Lecture time – 9.30am – 1.00pm

Tea/Coffee on arrival in the Georgian Hall from 9.30am.

Walking boots and wet weather clothing highly recommended. 


RHS Member £20.00
Non-Member £25.00

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