Camellia 'Yoimachi' was spotted at Trewithen Gardens, in Cornwall, by Head Gardener Gary Long.
He said: "I usually check on the progress of the magnolias at this time of year for the first signs of spring but I was surprised to find this camellia in full flower already.
"It adds a welcome splash of colour and scent and if this is anything to go by, the garden will look stunning once it opens to the public on the 1st March."
Gary will be available for tours of the garden's camellia collection, which consists of over 200 varieties, throughout April. The tours will also include a talk about his trip to China where Trewithen was honoured with the title of International Camellia Society Garden of Excellence, marking it as one of only 30 gardens around the world to meet the strict award criteria, and the only privately owned garden to have received the award in Cornwall.
The camellia tours will take place each Wednesday at 2pm (April only) and will include a Cornish Cream Tea. Tickets cost £25 and are available by calling 01726 883647. For more information, visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk/tours
ENDS 10 January 2013
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