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The UK’s Largest Charity Garden Open Weekend at Tregothnan

From 5 March 2012

Rare chance to have a glimpse inside one of the Uk's most diverse gardens.

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2012

Tregothnan Estate near Truro is preparing to open its usually private gates to give an insight into the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall.

Open for charity for one weekend only on the 14th and 15th April, visitors will be able to experience Tregothnan’s unequalled diversity of shrubs and trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful river Fal.

Tim, Thom and Trev from the hit Channel 4 programme ‘Hugh’s Three Hungry Boys’ are set to open the event, after they visited the estate last year and left mesmerised.

In the heart of Cornwall, Tregothnan has been home to the same family since 1335 and the garden surrounding this historic home has been of lasting interest to successive generations.

Crowds of visitors will descend on Tregothnan to get lost in ancient mountainous Camellias, Magnolias and the biggest Rhododendrons in the world. Despite the 40 foot crescendos of full flower, the sheer scale of the garden, over 100 acres, means that there will be plenty of peace!

New plantation

Renowned for growing and producing the only tea in England, Tregothnan will showcase its new tea plantation in the magical Himalayan Valley alongside a beautiful pagoda.

Tregothnan was the first place to grow ornamental Camellias outdoors 200 years ago and it was this wealth of experience combined with a pioneering spirit that led the family to grow tea – Camellia sinensis – for the first time ever on British soil.

Other special sites include the South American and South African gardens, the Camellia Maze, Ladies’ Walk, Lime Avenue, Summerhouse Lawns, Deer Park viewing points and Tree Fern Avenue.

Cornwall’s climate has astonished the owners of Tregothnan this year like never before.

The Honourable Evelyn Boscawen is amazed at the enormous pink Magnolias coming into full bloom already. We have succeeded in our usual yearly race with our twin Darjeeling in northern India over who gets spring first, indicated by this first blossom.


Garden Director Jonathon Jones said: “It will be impossible to keep up with the flower count soon, as almost everything will come out at once. This is a special experience for anyone, not just garden lovers. Our guests are always spellbound by the scale and diversity of the visit as well as the passion of one family for this incredible living collection.”

Also available will be tea tastings, cream teas, and light lunches. The estate’s shop will sell a vast range of Cornish-grown teas, herbal infusions and plants. Musical entertainment and a classic car display are also sure to keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend.

Tregothnan is an official 'safe site' for the keeping of rare or endangered trees from all over the world. The garden holds some 'Red Book' endangered plants and trees which are larger than any remaining in the wild.

Plants from trips to Japan and South America in 2007 add excitement to the garden. Tregothnan is home to the world’s only surviving travelling greenhouse, an original Wardian Case, as well as the fascinating Wollemi pine or ‘Dinosaur tree’ - a prehistoric species thought to be extinct until discovered in an Australian valley in 1994.

This year ‘kids go free,’ encouraging families to enjoy the adventure of Cornwall’s finest garden.

All proceeds, including an opening auction, benefit Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and The Crisis Fund.

Early-bird tickets can be booked online at www.tregothnanshop.co.uk for £6.50 or on the day at Tregothnan for £7.00. Open from 10am – 5pm, with the last entry to the garden at 4pm. Dogs on leads welcome.