Thanks to Cornwall’s milder climate, spring comes much earlier to the far south west than the rest of the UK. Snowdrops and daffodils add a welcome splash of colour after the long winter and camellias and magnolias are in flower across Cornwall.
For garden enthusiasts, spring in Cornwall is paradise. And the magnificent blooms on display aren’t the only thing that’s special about Cornwall’s gardens – many of them have a story to tell too…
Cornwall’s spring story
Each year, the head gardeners from Caerhays Castle Gardens, Tregothnan, Trewithen, Trebah, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trengwainton, Trewidden keep a close eye on their Champion Magnolia Campbellii trees. When all seven trees have at least 50 blooms, it is said that spring’s arrived in Cornwall.
And this year, spring came to Cornwall even earlier than usual – on 10 February, over 50 flowers were in bloom on each of the Champion Magnolia trees.
Take a look at the Great Gardens of Cornwall website to find out more, or watch Visit Cornwall’s Spring Story video to find out more.
The Daffodil Society Show at Trelissick (9 -10 April 2016)
With their distinctive trumpet-shaped flowers, daffodils have often been called the heralds of spring. The Daffodil Society Show celebrates the Cornish daffodil story with a display of hundreds of different varieties of daffodil, and an opportunity to meet Cornwall’s leading daffodil breeder, Ron Scamp.
Gardens close to Bosinver
There are several magnificent gardens right on our doorstep, and more just a short drive away. Many welcome visitors all year round, while others open their doors from the beginning of March. Many of Cornwall’s gardens are dog friendly, including Trewithen, Enys, Trebah, Pencarrow and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
It’s worth checking online before you travel, as opening hours may change. Most gardens have their own website, where you can find out what’s in bloom and get a sneak preview of what you can expect to see at that time of the year.
Caerhays is something truly special. They have a huge collection of magnolias (including rare yellow magnolias), some of which are over 150 years old.
Trewithen Gardens in Grampound is an historic private estate with a wonderful collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. Don’t miss the woodland walk.
Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens in St Austell is a plantsman’s dream, carefully created by Ray and Shirley Clemo, who travelled the world collecting seeds and plants to establish it.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan needs little introduction. Only a stone’s throw from Bosinver, it’s a wonderful garden to visit at any time of year.