The 7th annual Cornwall Head Gardener’s Day.

This year Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park hosted the event. And what a day it was? The weather was glorious and the setting as close to perfect as you could wish for.

The day started with a tour of the out buildings, which are under going some major restoration work, and a short tour of the house. A short update on Phytophora ramorum and P.kernoviae from DEFRA followed a luxury buffet lunch. I am embarrassed to say I have never visited Mount Edgcumbe before but strongly recommended a visit. The setting with the surrounding deer park, uninterrupted views of the Tamar river added to the variety of the formal gardens, which include immaculate Italian, French, English and New Zealand style gardens.

Add to this the grounds around the house and the Earl’s garden plus the ancient ‘Zig Zags’, which are the remains of a steeply terraced garden ‘Zig Zagging’ right down to the sea, and you have to take off your hat and give full credit to Lee and his (small team, 3 in total!).

The standards and overall impression are stunning. I would personally like to thank Lee and the Mount Edgcumbe staff for such a wonderful welcome and a thoroughly enjoyable day. Roll on 2010 and a visit to Trevarno.