What makes Trengwainton so special
When walking through Trengwainton at the height of its spring and early summer colour, it’s hard to imagine a time when this and other British gardens were completely devoid of the exotic blooms of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias.
Where did they come from?
Unique to Trengwainton
It was the skill of head gardener Alfred Creek that ensured the success of these tender seedlings, but it was his successor G W Thomas who made a number of new rhododendron crosses. Hybrids that are unique to Trengwainton are the rhododendrons R. Morvah, R. fusilier, R. golden horn and R. miss pink.
The plant collection also includes some champion trees (the largest tree of its species) in the shelter of the five sections of walled gardens. They come with the tongue-twisting names of; Craibiodendron yunnanense, Dodecadenia grandiflora, Eucryphia x hillieri and Hoheria populnea.
Other notable trees
Nearly 90 of Trengwainton’s trees feature in The Tree Register, which is a record of notable and ancient trees in Britain and Ireland. These include a number of magnolias, whose huge waxy flowers create a memorable sight in February/ March, right through to the Acers in autumn.