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 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.
Views from the Valley
Woodland area of primroses
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
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!
Me with my Mum
They had a display of vintage cars there too, I couldn’t quite work out why but it made my Dad’s day!
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. 🙂