A meander along Middle Walk in mid-May is a memorable occasion.
Throughout the second half of May, the fragrant lakeside deciduous Azaleas take their turn to flower, their colours echoed by their reflections in the water, while exotic Gunnera develop their massive leaves.
See the baby wallabies, as they get out of their mother� pouches and take their first hops on their own. The poet Keats so aptly described this time as the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" From mid-September until the end of October there is a long succession of colour.
The lakeside banks of deciduous Azaleas compete with Japanese Maples, Liquidambars, Hickories and Tupelos competing with each other for the prize of the most dramatic shades of autumn. The changing colours of large trees such as the Beech and Oak, Larch, Dawn Redwood and Swamp Cypress provide a background for the brighter colours of shrubs and smaller trees, while at ground level autumn is also the time for the many different, and often brightly-coloured Fungi and Toadstools.
The collection of Victorian Motor cars dating from 1889-1900 display the finest examples of 19th century automobile engineering and show the different ways in which pioneer manufacturers solved the problem of persuading a car to motor along under its own power.In April, the garden opening season begins with the huge blooms of magnificent Magnolias trees, prize-winning Camellias and banks carpeted in Daffodils.In the Camellia Grove in late April and early May many hundred different varieties of Camellias come into flower..In early May, the sumptuous blooms of Rhododendrons and Magnolias overhang paths fringed with bluebells.
Some of the Rhododendrons are approaching 200 years old, and have grown into substantial trees and are now some of the largest specimens outside their native haunts.July and August is the time for the Hydrangeas, and the new plantings between the Rock Garden and the temperate greenhouse are becoming an impressive sight In mid-July is the annual Model Boat Regatta Local clubs and enthusiasts bring a varied selection of craft for visitors to enjoy the spectacle of sail, electric and steam ships silently shimmering over the lakes.