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28th Feb - 13th Sept; Open 7 days a week; 10.30am - 5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm
Feb to April
Feb/March Magnolias and the Champion Magnolia Trees, April/May Rhododendrons, July/Sept Walled Garden
Adult £6.00; Children under 16 free Season ticket £15 Free Children's Trail
Free Children's Trail
Trewidden House available for self catering holidays www.cornishgems.com
Enjoying one of the mildest climates in the British Isles, Trewidden Garden is a beautiful Cornish Spring Garden with a large collection of magnolias and camellias including several champion trees, tree ferns, rhododendrons, banana plants, summer planting in the walled garden and many other plants of interest. The Garden is not a typical linear shape that many Cornish Gardens are, but is more rectangular in shape with maze-like twisting paths, making it an especially fun visit for children.
The Garden has interesting historical links to Cornwall's mining heritage including what is thought to be one of the oldest mine workings believed to originate from Roman Times and which now houses a 100 year old collection of one of the finest stands of tree ferns in the Northern Hemisphere. There are also ingots and smelting pots in the garden from the Bolitho Families involvement in mining.
Trewidden was originally purchased by Edward Bolitho in the 1830's. Edward started the Garden in the second half of the 19th Century by firstly planting woodland cover before filling it with plans newly introduced from Asia and the Southern Hemisphere. His son, Thomas Bolitho, continued his fathers' work and in particular filled in the open cast mine called the Trewidden Bal with tree ferns (Dicksonia Antarctica) newly imported from Australia. Thomas' daughter Mary Williams continued his work and was also responsible for re-founding the Cornwall Garden Society. Alverne Bolitho now owns the Garden and with head gardener Richard Morton, is constantly making further improvements and planting in the Garden.