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Rhododendrons are now in full Bloom at the Dorothy Clive Garden (22nd May 2012)

Rhododendrons are now in full Bloom at the Dorothy Clive Garden

Visitors can now enjoy the best floral display of rhododendrons in Staffordshire, which are currently in bloom and located in the quarry garden - formerly a disused gravel quarry – at the Dorothy Clive Garden on the North Staffordshire/Shropshire border.

Curator, Marcus Chilton-Jones, said, ‘Although we have seen very wet weather conditions of late, this has encouraged a bountiful burst of colour in our quarry garden, and the moisture loving rhododendrons are looking splendid. We therefore look forward to a long and colourful season.’

Visitors and members can delight in the intimate and informal gardens set amidst glorious countryside seven days a week, from 10am to 5.30pm.  The garden tea room, which is situated in the heart of the garden, will be open from 11pm to 5pm daily, selling a selection of refreshments including delicious seasonal soups, homemade scones, light lunch snacks and various hot and cold drinks.

The gift shop, adjacent to the garden tea room, has been extended and is now open to all visitors selling various Dorothy Clive Garden branded products and others such as gardening books, RHS branded soap and bath gel. The gift shop will be open from 12pm to 4pm daily.

The Dorothy Clive Garden - a charitable garden trust - was set up in 1958 by Colonel Harry Clive as a place of rest and recreation and continued horticultural education for the general public. The garden, originally a disused gravel quarry, was transformed by Clive into a woodland garden for his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

If you would like further information, please contact the 01630 647237, alternatively email info@dorothyclivegarden.co.uk.