Masses of Catawba rhododendrons fill Evergreen’s mature pine forest
Opening Dates and Times
Evergreen is open to the public, without charge, every year on the first weekend in June, when its 220 Catawba rhododendrons are in bloom. It’s always open for three days—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year’s opening cancelled due to Covid-19.
Most of the rhododendrons are more than 30 years old, so they’re big—some are ten feet high—and they’ve grown into huge masses. When they’re in bloom, they create large sweeps of flower color.
The garden’s mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) blooms in mid-June, and its sweeps of 175 rosebay rhododendrons (Rhododendron maximum) blossom in July.
The garden is described by two dozen signs along its quarter-mile of paths.
Evergreen is not wheelchair accessible but its paths are gently graded.
Because plants along the paths can be easily damaged, pets and children younger than 12 years old cannot be admitted.