- Budding hopes under trees
More than 1000 species and varieties of rhododendrons and outdoor azaleas unfold their beauty under the protection of tall pines in the Rhododendron Park in Gristede. Garden lovers can find magnificent blossoms, luscious growth and a wonderful world of fragrances.
- Rhododendron breeding with a long tradition
Erich and Wilhelm Bruns systematically set up the collection in the 1950s to better study the characteristics, preferences and needs of the individual varieties and thus create the Gristeder Neuheiten®. To date, the new varieties are christened by many famous personalities. Traditionally, the Federal Presidents and their wives have christened a new rhododendron variety in their name since 1985. You can find all our new varieties in the Gristeder Rhododendron Park.
- A variety of flowers on 25 hectares
From the first day onwards, the 25 ha park was opened to the public and quickly became an attraction in the Ammerland region and a place of pilgrimage for rhododendron lovers from around the world. The main flowering period spans from end of April to the beginning of June. Thanks to its interesting and varied layout, complemented by botanical rarities and solitary trees, the Gristeder Rhododendron Park is always worth seeing.
- Design at its best
The entrance area was completely redesigned in the autumn of 2007. Large ponds with elaborate shrubs and grasses were created. Particularly impressive are the new open landscapes sectioned off with tree lines and hedges and spectacularly designed with solitary trees and shrubs.
- The park pavilion
The central axis of the new section of the park is the pavilion which was completed in the spring of 2009. A perfect specimen of glass architecture used for events such as symposia and congresses.
- Habitat for native species
The park has been designed as close to nature as possible and provides a valuable habitat for rare, native animals. Frogs, toads and dragonflies can find a safe haven and are undisturbed in and around the ponds. A common raven pair has been brooding in the high pine trees for years. Woodpeckers and many songbirds use the park as their breeding ground.
- Study of trees and shrubs
In addition to a wide assortment of rhododendron species and varieties, you will find many interesting solitary shrubs such as Chinese redwoods, Japanese maple, cornus, witch hazel, and magnolia species. The rhododendrons and most of the trees and shrubs are marked with nameplates. The park also serves as a show garden with over 200 own varieties and as an arboretum.
- Opening times
The park is open all year round and admission is free!
We look forward to your visit!