Ross rhoddies in garden spotlight

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ROSS-shire gardens have a starring role in a festival celebrating the wonderfully diverse world of the rhododendron.

The Scottish Rhododendron Festival has returned for its fourth year, throwing the spotlight on gardens and estates across the country.

Amongst those opening for the event, which runs until May 31, are Attadale Gardens at Strathcarron, the National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Garden and Dundonnell House.

Joanna MacPherson of Attadale Gardens said: "There is something special about the spectacular nature of the Highlands, where the mountains and water provide a wonderful backdrop to the dramatic colours of the many kinds of rhododendrons…