A month earlier than anticipated, magnolias have bloomed magnificently in Cornwall heralding the arrival of spring.
An experiment conducted by The Great Gardens of Cornwall has been monitoring six champion Magnolia Campbell trees to record exactly when they bloom, as a sign of the new season’s arrival.
It was agreed that once the first three trees flowered with at least 50 blooms, that day had come and this happened on February 19th. Spring is a fabulous time to visit Cornwall’s historic and exotic gardens. Those listed below are the gardens that took part in the experiment.
Caerhays Castle Gardens, overlooking the sea, host to the Plant Heritage National collection of magnolias with over 500 varieties on show. www.caerhays.co.uk
Trebah, a valley garden bursting with exotic blooms cascading down to a secluded beach on the Helford River. www.trebah-garden.co.uk
Tregothnan, an official ‘safe site’ for rare or endangered trees from across the globe. www.tregothnan.co.uk
Trewidden, planted in the 1840s and with a rich horticultural and industrial past. www.trewiddengarden.co.uk
Trewithen, an historic private Estate with woodland walks and a heritage family home. www.trewithengardens.co.uk
Trengwainton, a garden with panoramic views over Mount’s Bay and a historic walled garden under restoration. www.
Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the Great Gardens of Cornwall are home to exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees. Visit www.greatgardensofcornwall.co.uk for locations and more information.
CLC Trenython Manor, a CLC World Hotel & Spa resort with views over St. Austell Bay and set in pretty landscaped gardens, with ancient woodland, is a tranquil spot from where to enjoy the very best of Cornwall. Go to www.clcleisure.com/trenython/ for details and latest offers.
Picture: Arthur Chapman