As we tentatively bid farewell to the dark winter months, have you heard that spring arrives in Cornwall earlier than the rest of the country?
Indeed it is said that the moment Cornish Magnolias flower, spring has arrived! To emphasise this point, each year six champion Magnolia trees are monitored in six different Great Gardens in Cornwall and when all six come into bloom, Cornwall announces that spring is here!
Whilst the Great Gardens of Cornwall are well worthy of a visit any time of the year, their beauty is something truly special in spring. We have highlighted a selection here for your appreciation:-
Caerhays Castle Gardens
(Public opening- February to beginning June)
120 acres of stunning woodland gardens and views over the coast, these gardens boast an historical heritage dating back to the turn of the century with the introduction of new plants by Chinese plant hunters. Caerhays is also home to the Plant Heritage National Collection of over 600 varieties of Magnolias.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
This secret garden had been lost to the depths of time and was only rediscovered 25 years ago following which an incredible restoration project ensued. Lose yourself in this fine garden of beauty and tranquility with 200 acres to explore.
Spring showcases a spectacular display of 100 year old magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias in this stunning coastal garden with over 4 miles of footpaths.
Cornwall’s largest private botanical garden is home to some of the world’s rarest plants as well as magnificent magnolias and rhododendrons. Camellia was introduced to Tregothnan over two centuries ago, the success of which, along with Cornwall’s unique climate and conditions have made it possible to grow and supply tea since 2005, infact the only tea supplier throughout the UK! Whilst the estate is privately owned, it is possible to book a special guided tour (at least 24 hours notice required).
This glorious 15 acre garden dating back to the 19th century has one of the largest tree fern dells in Europe as well as plants such as exquisite Camellias and Magnolias. This enchanting garden offers a sense of mystery with winding pathways travelling through something different and special at every turn.
Open from March 1st to June 30th, these extraordinary gardens are home to some of the finest tree magnolias in the world as well as an inspiring variety of rare plants nurtured from seed collections sent back to England from the great plant hunting expeditions that took place between 1910 and 1932. Not to be missed is the UK’s finest specimen of Magnolia campbellii subsp. Mollicomata, standing at over 65 ft high, it flowers in March.
So why not spring into step and discover the Great Gardens of Cornwall……