The Dunedin Rhododendron Festival has a well-established history as a favourite community event. In 1984 a week long celebration focused on the Botanic Gardens' Rhododendron Dell, which is acknowledged as one of the world's most significant plantings of rhododendrons. Today the Dell covers 15 acres of land where there are over 3500 rhododendrons comprised of 178 species and over 200 named hybrids.
Not just for garden grannies!
The Festival has evolved and is now a true celebration of Spring and includes events and activities for all ages and interests. Events focus on flowers (of course rhododendrons!), gardens, food, wine, art, fashion and much more. It is all about getting people out and about after a long Dunedin winter!
Who doesn’t like listening to music in the sun? or tasting wine at Dunedin’s very own Castle?
Regular events as part of the festival include events run by popular Dunedin foodie Judith Cullen, a wine tasting at Larnach Castle and Art in the Garden at Glenfalloch. The Dunedin Botanic Gardens hosts an array of events including the popular Dunedin Rhododendron Day which includes an impressive plant sale as well as food stalls and entertainment.
For those that are more interested in the educational side of things a number of out of town guests are bought to the Festival each year and are involved in a series of workshops. There are also over 25 open gardens to visit during the Festival for those that want to create their own garden tour.
Held in October each year the Festival is for both Dunedin residents and visitors to the city to enjoy.
PS - have you ever tried to spell Rhododendron??? It’s amazing how many people can’t spell this!!
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