Spring blossoms at Trengwainton Garden

Azaleas and rhododendrons reflected in the water of the Upper Pond at Trengwainton, Cornwall

Spring often comes early in the far west of Cornwall. By February the garden at Trengwainton has already started waking from its winter slumber and it all begins with the magnolias and snowdrops.


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 blooms 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.

Snowdrops and bluebells

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. Snowdrops are the first to occupy these areas in early spring, followed by bluebells from around mid-April.


Seen as lucky symbols for the Chinese New Year and spring, there can be 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.