Cornwall's Spring Story
The moment Cornish Magnolias flower, Spring has arrived in England
The Start of Spring
With our mild climate and the effect of the gulf stream, warming Cornish shores, spring arrives particularly early in Cornwall.
To the change of the seasons each year, gardeners who oversee champion magnolia trees at six of the Great Gardens – Trebah, Trewidden, Caerhays, Heligan, Tregothnan and Trewithen – all keep a close eye on the number of magnolia blooms on their champion trees.
When each of the six magnolia trees have reached 50 blooms, then we can officially declare that Spring has arrived in Cornwall!
In 2019 the arrival of spring was declared on Thursday 14th February
The Champion Magnolia Trees
Below you’ll find details of each of the six Magnolia campbellii champion trees we are monitoring together with profiles of the head gardeners who look after them.
Caerhays Castle Spring Gardens
About the Garden
Caerhays is an informal woodland garden overlooking the sea, extending to over 140 acres. The origins of the garden can be traced back to the work of the Chinese plant hunters at the turn of the Century and many of their new plant introductions can still be seen in maturity in the garden today. Caerhays hosts the Plant Heritage National collection of Magnolias with over 500 different varieties on show.