Magnolia at Trewithen Gardens in CornwallTrewithen, one of only five International Camellia Gardens of Excellence in the UK, opens for the 2016 season on Tuesday 1st March.

Magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons are already in bloom, alongside beautiful displays of daffodils, snowdrops and primroses.

To celebrate what has been dubbed “Year of the English Garden” and the 300th anniversary of landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who influenced the creation of Trewithen’s parkland, Head Gardener Gary Long is in the process of regenerating and replanting areas around Sycamore Avenue.

“For the next few months Trewithen will be at its absolute best,” said Gary. “The magnolias are particularly early and beautiful this year and there is also a chance that, to herald in the spring, our red squirrels might have a second litter of babies.”

Trewithen House, home to the same family for more than 300 years and whose ancestors inspired some of the characters in Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ novels, has been a hive of activity for weeks with an army of helpers busy getting everything ready for this season’s visitors. It will also open for conducted tours on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 2pm until 4pm – booking is advisable.

Mother’s Day on March 6th will see Sonya, manager of Trewithen’s Teashop, serving a special cake flavoured with elderflower and served with Cornish cream. Mums will also be able to enjoy free admission that day to the gardens.

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