Rhodo­den­dron dream good as gold

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - HE­LEN KEMPTON

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.

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