St Andrews Botanic Garden holds one of the best Rhododendron collections in Scotland. Originally donated from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, many of these were raised from seed collected on Joseph Rock’s last expedition to China in 1948-49, just before China closed access to foreign travelers for over three decades.

Growing in the woodland garden under dappled shade, the first area to explore is the peat terracing where we grow around eighty dwarf Rhododendron species from Asia. Progressing into the woodland we have larger species that grow as tall as small trees. Together these provide flowers from February to November though the best months are May to early July.