Tregothnan

When I went home for the Easter break I managed to fit in a few garden visits as well as catch up with friends and family – it seems like a very long time ago now! One of the gardens I went to was Tregothnan, near Truro in Cornwall. It is a private estate which is only open for two days a year, as part of the UK’s largest Charity Garden Open Weekend. It coincided with when I went home, perfect timing!

Tregothnan

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Rhododendron flowers

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Tregothnan is renown for its tea plantation; it was the first place to grow ornamental Camellia (Camellia sinensis) outdoors 200 years ago. Its collections of rhododendron, camellia and magnolia species are outstanding, they have the largest rhododendrons in the world! The history of the garden is fascinating, click here for more information.

Tea!

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Views from the Valley

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Camellia flowers

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Camellia shrub

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Various rhododendrons

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Pretty azalea

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Corylopsis

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Woodland area of primroses

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I was blown away by the sweeping vistas, secluded groves and, of course, the plants. It felt like I was transported to different parts of the world by being in just one garden. There was a Himalayan Valley, South America and South African areas, and even a Camellia maze!

View of the Camellia maze

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Show-stopping rhododendrons!

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The rhododendrons truly took my breath away, the sheer size of them made me awe-struck. They were as tall as a house! I came round one corner to be greeted by towering shrubs with the most vivid, shocking pink flowers I have ever seen in my life. I was gaping like a goldfish, the only words I could muster was O-M-G!

More showstoppers!

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Me with my Mum

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They had a display of vintage cars there too, I couldn’t quite work out why but it made my Dad’s day!

Vintage cars

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You can see for yourself how amazing the place was – my photos don’t do it justice but they are the next best thing to seeing it for real! I hope you enjoyed the photos. 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Tregothnan

  1. That was an amazing garden! I’ve never seen Rhododendrons so gigantic! I was impressed by the 2 gorgeous ladies posing for the camera too! 🙂 Thanks Becky for this tour!

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  2. Becka, your photos are always amazing. Right now, I am struggling with the pollens around here so I began wondering how big a problem that might be in one of your lovely gardens?

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    • Thank you Lea 😀 a colleague at work suffers really badly with hay fever, it’s not nice in general but when you work outside it makes it even worse! We get a lot of tree pollen at Ashridge, sometimes when it’s windy you can actually see it blowing off the trees. I hope you can enjoy summer despite being affected by the pollen! 🙂 xx

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  3. A strange feeling to be transported back to spring on midsummer’s day! The rhododendrons are enormous and your photos certainly showed them to full effect. The Cornish climate suits them very well. I loved the delicate camillias – all without frost scorching too!

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    • I have been meaning to write about the gardens I visited at Easter for such a long time!! I have finally got round to it so watch this space for a few more spring-like posts 🙂 I was bowled over by the rhododendrons! The rest of the garden was gorgeous too though, all the plants were in pristine condition. Thanks for the read and comment, glad you liked the photos 😀 x

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  4. An amazing display of colour Becky! Even from the photos I can understand your OMG response! Ive never seen anything on this scale, just gorgeous!. And the camellias are like roses! I wish ours looked like that! And a really lovely photo of you and your mum 😊 xx

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    • Thank you Christine 😀 It was a feast of colour, I was in my element with all these gorgeous plants surrounding me! Camellias look as stunning as roses, I just wish they smelt as good as they looked! xx

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