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Garden Category: South West England Gardens
Trewithen means ‘house of the trees’ and with 30 acres of surrounding woodland gardens and more than two hundred acres of parkland, the name couldn’t be more appropriate.
Revered as a masterpiece of landscape gardening, Trewithen’s south-facing great glade was developed at the time of the great plant hunting expeditions between 1910 and 1932. Astonishing seed collections were sent back to England and, thanks to the expertise of horticulturalist George Johnstone, who inherited the house in 1904, many were successfully cultivated at the Cornish Manor – ensuring a botanical reputation that endures to this day.
Covering some thirty acres and created in the early years of this century by George Johnson, these gardens are outstanding and internationally famous. They are renowned for their magnificent collections of camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and many rare trees and shrubs which are seldom found elsewhere in Britain. The extensive woodland gardens are surrounded by traditional landscaped parkland. Other attractions include a children’s playground and a video presentation of the house gardens.
Among the many highlights is the UK’s finest specimen in cultivation of Magnolia campbellii subsp. Mollicomata* which was introduced from China and, standing at over 65 ft high, is one of the glories of the Garden when it flowers in March. Another is the very fine Camellia ‘Donation’ which was raised at Borde Hill in Sussex by Colonel Stephenson-Clarke. George Johnstone was given a plant and, because the original died before being propagated, all Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ in the world owe their existence to the one at Trewithen.
Offering a rich history and huge variety of beautiful specimens – if you are looking for gardens to visit in Cornwall, a trip to Trewithen is a must. Read more ……