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Camellias in the spotlight for gardener advice event

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

By Lyn Barton, WMN reporter, Twitter: @BartonLyn

  • Glendurgan Gardens is full of camellias, magnolia trees, daffodils and primroses Photos: Emily Whitfield-Wicks

  • Sarah Waydia from Truro looking at the Rhododendron Budock, which are in early flower

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A glorious paradise of sunshine and flowers proved spring has really sprung in the Westcountry.

Glendurgan, the tropical garden near Falmouth, staged one of its popular meet-the- gardeners events at the weekend.

The day attracted the garden’s highest number of visitors since it opened for the season on February 8.

Tamsin Hennah, visitor experience manager, said they had been a little battered by the recent storms and some trees had come down. However, she said it was business as usual – and given the great weather it was no wonder so many people wanted to enjoy the delights of the National Trust garden.

“It was a stunning weekend,” she said.

“The camellias and the daffodils were all out and we had lots of families down.

“It was our highest number of visitors since we opened for the season, although I expect the sunshine helped.”

Glendurgan, meaning “deep valley of otters”, blooms above the picture-postcard hamlet

of Durgan on the Helford River in Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth.

It was laid out by Alfred Fox in the 1820s and 1830s and gifted to the National Trust in 1962.

The garden is famous for its winding cherry laurel maze, planted in 1833, but this weekend was all about the spring blooms which were giving

visitors a fantastic display of vivid colour.

Two of the gardening team were on hand to the answer questions any green-fingered visitors had about ailing plants.

Ms Hennah said some of the questions came from enthusiasts who were not able to attend in person.

“We had one lady who asked a question via Facebook about her camellias, which were not doing very well.

“The gardeners were able to give her advice about where to put the camellia and whether its position was too shady.

“They also passed on some information about the right kind of feed.”

The day was dedicated to camellias, around 33 different species of which can be found in the garden, including the one of the best collections of camellia reticulata in the South West.

However, further events will hone in on different species.

On Monday, gardeners were on hand to answer queries about magnolias, a subject close to their heart as the garden is home to about 25 species, including a number of unusual varieties.

On March 23, Glendurgan will be hosting its annual Daffodil Walk, to raise money for Marie Curie nurses. The beautiful six-mile sponsored walk will take in Glendurgan, the Helford River valley and the stunning coastal path.

Later in the year the garden will be the venue for master classes on rhododendrons and wild flowers.

For more information about the events, see glendurgan@ nationaltrust.org.uk

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