Rhododendron dream good as gold
BURNIE’S renowned Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden has opened for the 2017 season and the first bush planted 36 years ago, which is still flowering, has now been given due recognition.
The garden opened yesterday with a plaque to honour the first rhododendron planted in the garden unveiled.
“It is called Golden Dream and is still thriving,” general manager Geoff Wood said.
“A further 400 rhododendrons plants have been planted out this winter and our volunteers have again excelled with maintenance and garden development.”
While spring and summer are the best seasons to see all the rhododendrons in flower, the garden’s collection of vireya rhododendrons continues to provide yearround colour.
“We are looking forward to an exceptional flowering season and we urge the public to visit between now and Christmas to see us at our best,” Mr Wood said.
Some selected rare rhododendron plants were auctioned following yesterday’s official opening.