Even though your backyard (improved and hybridized) rhododendron bushes may have already bloomed, the native Rhododendron Maximus at Rhododendron State Park aren’t even close to flowering yet. The flowers here are due to be blooming in two to three weeks with “peak bloom” around the middle of July or a few days later. This is entirely normal and we’ll be providing bloom status updates each week so that you can time your visit accordingly.
It appears that this year’s bloom will be only slightly “better” than last year’s. That is to say that it will be good but not great. Similar to the fall foliage show, it’s always pretty, but sometimes some years are better than others.
And as usual, the bugs are thick, so be prepared for that.