‘Wild Plants of China – following in the footsteps of plant hunter George Forrest (1873-1932)' will be hosted by Trewithen's enthusiastic head gardener Gary Long, who will give a first hand account of his trip to the International Camellia Society's Congress in Chuxiong, Yunnan Province.

As well as showing his photographs and talking about some of the fascinating traditions and places he visited whilst on George Forrest's plant hunting trail, Gary will then lead a guided tour of the garden at Trewithen pointing out species sent back from China as seeds over 80 years ago.

He said: "My trip to China was fascinating and I think people will really enjoy looking and hearing about where George Forrest gathered his seeds, often facing great danger, and also being able to see where they are now growing successfully at Trewithen all these years later."

Gary will be holding two sessions of his walk and talk, one from 10am-12.30pm and the other from 1.30pm- 4.00pm. Light refreshments will be served 15 minutes before each session and the talk will last 1 hour and the walk will take 1.5 hours. Guests are invited to remain in the gardens after the tours have ended and the café will be open for further refreshments.

Tickets cost £12 per person and group discounts are offered. For further information, visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk or call 01726 883647.

Ends 05 April 2012

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