Trewithen Gardens in Probus has become the first garden to win the Rosemoor Camellia award at RHS Rosemoor, as part of their Early Camellia Competition.


The Gardens, which re-opened at the beginning of March for the start of the Spring season, have won many awards over the years. In 2013, Trewithen was also the first ever winner of the Lamellen Cup for ‘Best Magnolia’ and Tremeer Cup for ‘Best Rhododendron’ at the Early Camellia Show at Rosemoor.


“We’re really proud to have our camellias recognised in this way,” said Head Gardener Gary Long. “It’s been a brilliant season for us, and the mild weather over the winter has given all the flowers in the Gardens a real burst of Spring colour.”


Camellias at Trewithen have been recognised many times in recent years – resulting in the ultimate accolade of becoming an ‘International Camellia Society Garden of Excellence’ in 2012 – an honour awarded to only 30 gardens in the world.


The Camellia Walk, an area of the Gardens where the flowers flank both sides of the path, is also a popular part of Trewithen. This walk was originally started from wild seeds, collected during the First World War and still continues to thrive today.


It is not just the camellias that make Trewithen the botanical treasure it is. Magnolias are also a huge draw for visitors over the Spring months, and this year the bloom is even better than usual.


“The magnolias this year are the best I can remember,” said Trewithen Estate owner, Michael Galsworthy. “It’s wonderful to see such colour in the Gardens, and really feel like the Winter months are behind us.”


Trewithen’s Nurseries stock many of the flowers and plants growing in the Gardens, including several species of camellia and magnolia.