Spring blooms at Trengwainton Garden

Rhododendron loderi in bloom

Spring often comes early in the far west of Cornwall, so by March the garden at Trengwainton has already been waking from its winter slumber for several weeks. It’s generally not too soon to expect to see magnolias, camellias and even some rhododendrons in bloom.


Of all the hundreds of different plants from around the world at Trengwainton the magnolias are surely the most dramatic when they flower.

Trees of big waxy flowers in shades of pink, white and magenta set against bright blue skies are a spectacular way for spring to begin. Their flowering season is brief though - and vulnerable to any late frosts – so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for any updates.


Seen as lucky symbols for the Chinese New Year and spring, there are often varieties of camellias blooming at Trengwainton 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. There are even some bi-coloured varieties on the Camellia Walk.


Trengwainton has an historic collection of rhododendrons, some of which flowered here for the first time in Britain.

With a name that comes from the ancient Greek words rhódon and déndron meaning ‘rose tree,’ their colours range from the pale lemon of Rhododendron macabeanum (one of the earliest to flower) through to the deep blood red of Rhododendron arboreum ‘Cornish Red.’ Rhododendron loderi 'King George' starts off with deep pink buds that open to become pure white flowers which give off a rich fragrance on warm spring days.

A walk in the woods

Many of the paths in the garden are bordered on both sides by trees, creating the dappled sunlight that’s ideal for woodland-loving plants. As the season progresses, these areas are first occupied by snowdrops which in turn give way to bluebells.