Azalea Garden

Early May to mid-June - Actual bloom times may vary

The Azalea Garden includes nearly a mile of woodland paths that meander through a collection of 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons from around the world, planted beneath ancient native oaks, tulip trees, and sweet gums.

The Azalea Garden is a project of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Chilton, Jr.

The Azalea Garden has been meticulously designed to ensure brilliant color and rich texture for much of the year. It begins to flower during the first warm days of spring, when the pale pinks and lavenders of Korean rhododendron emerge. The spectacle provided by azaleas reaches a crescendo in late April and early May, when an entire hillside of Asian hybrid azaleas erupts into clouds of white, pink, coral, and magenta. Azaleas and rhododendrons continue to provide color through late spring and into summer, flowering in sequence until the last of the vivid orange-red flowers of plum-leaf azaleas open in July. Companion plantings of fall-blooming witchhazel and herbaceous plants, as well as a second flush of magnificent color from reblooming azalea cultivars, ensure that the garden remains vibrant into late autumn. A tapestry of daffodils and crocus, vast sweeps of ferns and hostas, and grassy glades inspired by mountain meadows provide additional drama in early spring, summer, and fall.

As one of very few azalea collections to be located within a formal educational institution, the Azalea Garden provides a rare opportunity to educate the public about the value and importance of these plants to ornamental horticulture. The Azalea Garden contains more than 70,000 plants, including 40,000 bulbs, over 28,000 flowering woodland perennials and ferns, and more than 3,000 trees and shrubs.


New: Volunteer in the Azalea Garden