As the first dedicated rose garden open to the public and created to dispel myths that roses can't be grown successfully in Cornwall, thousands of roses are blooming into a spectacular show of colour and scent.

Perhaps aware that its namesake was visiting the Royal Cornwall Show, one of the first varieties to flower this year is Rosa "Duchess of Cornwall".

"It couldn't have chosen a better time to bloom given that the Duchess and Prince Charles were visiting the show the same week," said Trewithen Head Gardener Gary Long. "This particular bloom is a peachy apricot, some say salmon pink colour and it has large heavily scented flowers.

"As for the rest of the Rose Garden, the climbers are reaching great heights and are doing really well. Hopefully they will have covered the pergola by the end of this year."

The Plant Centre is now stocking Cornish roses and is open 7 days a week. Visit for opening times.

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