Head Gardener, Gary Long, will be exploring the relationship between Trewithen Gardens and China in a lecture on Tuesday 18th September 2012 at 2pm.

In his presentation, which will take place in aid of the Merlin MS Centre, Gary will discuss the close links with China through the garden's history, present work and future plans.

Gary has visited China on a number of occasions, most recently to attend the International Camellia Society's Congress in Chuxiong, Yunnan Province, tracing the footsteps of famous 18th century plant hunters and learning about the culture surrounding camellia reticulata. He also received the award of International Camellia Garden of Excellence on behalf of Trewithen, making it one of only 30 gardens in the world to meet the strict award criteria.

He said: "I had a fascinating trip to China finding out about where many of Trewithen's plants originally came from, and the lengths to which plant hunters would go to get the seeds.

"My presentation will cover aspects of the garden's history as well as details of my trip to China and how it will provide a lasting legacy at Trewithen."

Gary will also be showing a selection of his photographs to accompany his talk.

"An afternoon with… Gary Long" will take place at the Merlin MS Centre in Hewas Water, St Austell. Tickets are available at £5 from the Merlin MS Centre (01726 885530) and will include refreshments.

For further information, visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk or www.merlinmscentre.org.uk.

ENDS 07 September 2012

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