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Rhododendrons colours:

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orange

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Rhododendron George's Delight - a nice flower with a mix of colours - yellow, pink and orange.

Rhododendron 'Double Winner' a strigilosum hybrid with hairy leaves and stems - has bright red flowers

Rhododendrons colours:

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red

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species

other topics        rhododendron photo review

Photography

My (ex)-gardens 'Park der Gärten' Germany ASA Convention 2003 Flowershow ARS Dutch Rhodo. Society
Kalmia latifolia "Indian Summer" in Maine wildflowers Costa Blanca Bernhard Knorr rhodo's Hans Hachmann Rhodo's Joe Klimavic azaleas
Alley through the old park 'Concorde'
'White melodie' 'Sammetglut'

Rhodoland

Park der Gärten, Park of the gardens

'Salmon Queen' 'Raphael de Smet'
'Raimunde' 'Mrs. G.W. Leak'

          You can find the 'Park der Gärten' (Park of the gardens) in the village of Rostrup, near the larger city Bad Zwischenahn in northern Germany. The actual name is "Center of Garden culture of the state Niedersachsen" - meeting point for Phantasy and steady Inspiration in green".

The  'Park der Gärten', 'park of the gardens'

          In fact, for the real Rhodo- and Azalea-lover,  it is THE place to see a big collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. Till some years ago it was the collection garden of the Plant Research Station in Rostrup. Then extended to a general park for the "State Garden Show of Niedersachsen in Bad Zwischenahn 2002"
          The park is open from the end of March till half October, at day time of 9.30 till 18.00 h. For more information, call  (+49)-(0)4403 81960, or look at www.park-der-gaerten.de      see map:   (217 kb)

Park der Gärten, new since 2002 researchstation

          Of course a new park needs time to develop to a mature and attractive park. Flowerbeds and corners, more or less in the 'Mien Ruys" stile, with small and broader roads, with all kinds of plants. There is a restaurant and a pond with a road with all kinds of pavement to walk on blindfolded etc. etc. 

'Erato' Hachmann hybrid 'Persil' deciduous azalea 'Babuschka' evergreen azalea from Hachmann

        Yet, I like the collection garden of the Plant Research Station (at the end and to the left) - with paths and lanes through old plantings of rhodos and azaleas - still the most. From 1976 (or before?) many hundreds of them were planted, partially  under  trees, mostly with the names. A real eldorado for those who want to admire the beauty of them! Very much recommended!!

'Exquisita' 'Koster's Brilliant Red' 'Moorgold' 'Koningin Emma' 'Lemoria' 'Eisprinzessin'

         The collection of rhodos is really big, but certainly also of the decideous azaleas. Above and below you see quite a few beauties of them. Also less known ones, which are hard to obtain. Unfortunately! In the new part of the park are fields with long rows of new planted azaleas, but for the public it is unclear what to do with it.  I went through these rows to make pictures, but this will not be the meaning of it. Many names are hard to read. They should really do something about it. May be lack of money.....

'Mrs. Helen Koster' new part of the park 'Linsweger Gold'

           As said before, in the old part, -at the end left -  a large collection of rhodos and azaleas. Also old varieties, all together at least 2.000 different ones! Where can you find such a collection?!! But also conifers and many heather varieties are planted here. And on the ground of the adjacent Research Station a lot of research is still done . Fertilization and mildew etc. more info (German)

park, new part Park, new part

           For those who want to make photographs, the best time is a work-day, and not to warm and sunny weather. And take your time, because you can take many, many pictures! Possibly enjoying the fine special music, you can here at some "music-rest-places" under the trees.
I wish you a pleasant and unforgettable day in May and June. Possibly in combination with visits to  the Hobbie Rhododendronpark en the Bruns Rhodopark within 10 miles reach of the: 

 "Park der Gärten"

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