Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens

Here’s the last post about what I got up to when I went home for the Easter holidays. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

When I was at home for Easter one of the people I caught up with was my lovely tutor from Duchy College, Beki Marriott.

Beki was the best person to have helped me through the qualification I needed for my apprenticeship while I was at Eden, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t discuss with her – she would always go the extra mile to ensure I was happy and succeeding in what I was doing.

Me and Beki

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She also nominated me for the two awards I received (runner up for Apprentice of the Year and Greatest Personal Achievement Award) and basically believed in me one hundred percent from the beginning. In short she is not only a great tutor but a wonderful person as well!

We met up at Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, in St Austell. I visited a few times when I was living in Cornwall, it’s a beautiful place with lots of small gardens within it as well as an incredible tea room!

Views of the garden

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Bluebells

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Dog’s tooth violet,Β Erythronium dens-canis

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Ferns

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Pleione formosana orchid

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I dragged my parents along for the day, we had a brilliant time catching up with Beki. The weather was sunny and gorgeous, perfect for going round a garden. The Japanese area was my favourite, it was so tranquil and peaceful.

Japanese Garden

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The Winter Garden still had some interest in there, with bright azaleas and rhododendrons flowering.

Winter Garden

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Stag sculpture

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Pittosporum flowers

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Azaleas and rhododendrons

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The Pinetum had plenty of classic trees, such as the Monkey Puzzle Araucaria araucana, and Beki’s favourite conifer SciadopitysΒ verticillata.

Pinetum

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Monkey Puzzle

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I loved all the sculptures round the garden, my favourite was a tiny house – perfect size for a Hobbit!

Various sculptures

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Hobbit House!

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Magnolias were out in full force, as was the big umbrella like leaves of the giant rhubarb GunneraΒ manicata.

Magnolia trees

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Gunnera manicata

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We all had a wonderful day, and hope to catch up again with each other the next time I’m home. Until next time, here’s a Chinese proverb for you:

β€œIf you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk; happy for a long time, fall in love; happy forever, take up gardening.” :)

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18 thoughts on “Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens

  1. What at beautiful place! I love the pond and lush vegetation. Gorgeous plants and flowers! Thanks Becky for the tour! πŸ™‚

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  2. Becka, there is no doubt in my mind but that you will take all that you learned from Beki and use it well and pass it along in a similar way but one that is yours. You are a treasure! πŸ™‚ xxx

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  3. Another gorgeous tour Becky, and as Lea said I too am sure you will be passing your knowledge and wisdom on; you already do! I think my favourite would be the Japanese garden, it looked so very peaceful. I remember my mum using Pittosporum in her flower arranging! 😊 xx

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    • Thank you Christine, I definitely will! πŸ˜€ the Japanese area was the perfect place to relax, it had a very calming atmosphere. Pittosporum has great foliage for bouquets, your mum had good taste! πŸ™‚ xx

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  4. Beautiful photos Becky and congratulations! I’m sure your passion for your work has worked its magic on many folk. I totally agree with you that gardens and gardening makes you happy forever, in fact appreciating nature makes me feel happy even when times are tough. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! I hope it has – sharing my passion is what makes me happy πŸ˜€ glad you agree, nature has helped me through many a bad patch in life too – it’s the best therapy available x

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