This lovely Rhododendron sinogrande in East Ardnagashel was planted by Richard Hutchins’ sister shortly before the died – much more than a decade ago. He was really excited when the tall shrub decided to bloom three years ago. It probably felt like a ‘hello’ from another realm.
Most of the Ellen Hutchins Arboretum is overgrown and inaccessible. In some places you can still recognize the ideas of the former owners. Those steps lead into an area with huge rhododendrons – from an area with quite tall tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica).