Early spring blooms at Trengwainton Garden

Pink blooms of the Magnolia campbellii at Trengwainton Garden in Cornwall

Spring often comes early in the far west of Cornwall, so February and March aren’t too soon to expect to see some blooms at Trengwainton.

Which are the first plants to wake up?

The first to wake from their winter slumber are the crocuses on the Meadow. Their delicate purple and yellow heads pointing towards the sky are a welcome sight after the dull winter months.


There are certain plants which can evoke emotions in us and snowdrops are certainly one of those. They lift the heart on the chilliest of days and there are many nestled at the base of the trees lining the Drive and Long Walk. 


Seen as lucky symbols for the Chinese New Year and spring, there are often varieties of camellias blooming here all year round.

They take many forms; single flowers, semi double, anemone, peony and rose-forms and come in a range of colours from pure white to deep, dark red. You can even find some bi-coloured varieties on the Camellia Walk.


Last, but very definitely not least, are the magnolias. Of all the hundreds of different plants from around the world at Trengwainton, the magnolias are surely the most spectacular when they flower. 

Imagine big waxy blooms in shades of pink, white and magenta, set against bright blue skies with no leaves to dilute their colours. Their flowering season is brief - and vulnerable to any late frosts – so catch them while you can. 

Keeping up to date with what’s in bloom

If you’d like to know when the magnolias and other flowers are in bloom, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and we’ll keep you posted on their progress.