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1st Mar - 30th September; Mon - Sat and Sundays Mar, Apr & May only; 10am - 4.30pm. Last entry 4pmNurseries: Nov to Feb; Mon - Thurs; 8 am - 3 pm, Friday 8 am - 1 pm; Sat; Nov & Feb only 10 am - 3 pm
Prior booking recommended. Alternative entrance for coaches.
Prior booking essential for all guided tours of the garden
Mondays and Tuesdays 1st April - 31st July at 2.pm-4pm. Last entry 4pm. August Bank Holiday.
Gardens are part of the scheme during all opening times.
March, April, May and June
Red Squirrels. Many Cornish Spring flowers, rare trees and shrubs including Champion Trees, camellias (Trewithen is one of 30 gardens worldwide awarded as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence), rhododendrons and magnolias.
Garden: Adult £7.50; (Local Cornish resident discount available) Children under 12 Free; Groups of 20+ £5 per person;
House: Adult £7.50; Children under 12 Free; Group of 20+ £5, booking essential
Combined Garden & House: Adult £12; Children under 12 free; Group of 20+ £8
Guided Tours: Groups up to 25 £60; over 25 (with 2 guides) £100.
Guided tour with Head Gardener - group of 15-20 £175
Video presentation. Children's' play area. 1500 varieties and species of plants are available for sale in the plant centre.
Viewing platforms Red squirrels, as part of the Cornwall Red Squirrel project (CRSP)
Alverton Manor, Truro Tresanton, St. Mawes Nare Hotel, Veryan Carlyon Bay, St. Austell
Many good restaurants in Truro and surrounding area.
Crown, St Ewe Dolphin, Grampound Wheel Inn, Tresillian Hawking Arms, Probus
St. Austell Truro
Country Life called Trewithen One of the outstanding West Country houses of the 18th century. Its fine Georgian elevations, which took 40 years to complete, perfectly complement perhaps the most beautiful woodland gardens in the British Isles. The story starts with what many would regard as a disaster, the compulsory felling of 300 beeches to provide WWI trench props.
However George Johnstone used this opportunity to create his masterpiece, the great glade which spreads out in front of the house. This contains magnolias, camellias, including the original Donation, (all examples of which worldwide stem from this plant at Trewithen), and rhododendrons, especially the lovely variety named by Johnstone after his wife, Alison. There are many rare trees and shrubs found here, though not in many other places in the British Isles, some of which are introductions by the famous plant hunters E. H. Wilson and George Forrest.
Philip Hawkins purchased Trewithen in 1715 and was succeeded by his cousin, Thomas, in 1738, who planted many of the fine trees. However there were no tremendous developments until George Horace Johnstone (1882-1960) took it in hand with the spectacular results seen today.