Spring comes early to Mount Edgcumbe, lying as it does on the Cornish side of Plymouth Sound. In its favoured position, the delicate flowers of the camellias appear from January onwards, making it a welcome start to the beginning of the year. The camellia collection was started in 1976 with a gift of 70 plants from the International Camellia Society. These were planted in the formal gardens by members of the society from various parts of the world during their visit to Cornwall that year. In the following year, 100 camellias were dug up and carefully transported 50 miles from David Trehane’s garden at Truro and re-planted in the higher amphitheatre, where the majority of the collection is housed.
This will be a guided walk in the company of Mr Lee Stenning, Curator of the Camellia Collection at Mount Edgcumbe, taking approximately 1.5-2 hours. Meet at the Dry Wall Car Park near the back of Mount Edgcumbe house for a 1p.m. prompt start.
Tickets £5.00 (DGT members), £6.00 (non-members) available from Mrs Maggie Potter (email - firstname.lastname@example.org; tel. 01626 879806). A booking form may be dounloaded here.