Cornwall Champion Magnolias herald the start of Spring, despite the ‘Beast from the East’ bringing the UK some of the coldest weather in a long time, The Great Gardens of Cornwall have officially announced that Spring arrived yesterday, 26th February 2018.
Traditionally, flowering Champion Magnolias signal the start of spring, and this week the six Champion Magnolias campbellii trees have each flowered with over 50 blooms, signifying the start of Spring. These magnificent trees are spread between Caerhays Castle Gardens, Trebah Garden, Tregothnan, Trewidden, Trewithen and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
This announcement means that spring has arrived in Cornwall up to three weeks earlier than the rest of the UK.
Amazingly this year’s start of Spring is far later than that of 2015, when the 6 Champion Magnolias flowered on January 21st. Nevertheless, Cornwall’s mild climate means that it usually enjoys a very early spring – nearly a month ahead of the rest of the UK.
The concept of Cornish flowering Champion Magnolias heralding the arrival of spring, was founded by Toby Ashworth of The Nare Hotel, in partnership with The Great Gardens of Cornwall. It was in response to the fact that, by waiting until May, many garden lovers were missing the most splendid sight of all – the flowering of the magnolias, which occurred in February and March each year, partly due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream.
Although the Great Gardens of Cornwall are stunning at any time of year, one of the very best times to visit Cornish spring gardens is when Cornish Magnolias are in full bloom during the early part of the season. Cornwall is home to some of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles and, for those who enjoy seeing gardens in full bloom, they are a sight not to be missed