The Handkerchief Tree

The beautiful gardens at Rockingham Castle have emerged from their winter hibernation.

The gardens at Rockingham, which extend to some 18 acres, include many remarkable specimen trees & shrubs, perhaps none more remarkable than the Handkerchief Tree, or Davidia Vilmorana to the serious gardener. Its beautiful delicate hanging ‘petals’ give the tree its common name, as they look as if a white handkerchief has been picked up in the middle and allowed to hang loosely down. The trees, of which there are two, flower infrequently in the British climate. In recent years with warmer springs the trees have flowered and remained in flower for many weeks.

These trees date from when the Wild Garden was replanted in the late 1960’s under the direction of the Royal Horticultural Society.  The trees are now in their stride, producing a stunning volume of flowers.   It is really a wonderful sight to behold.  Come and visit on a Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday to see for yourself!  We are also open Tuesdays from June.