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Wednesday 15 August 2012

UK's largest private garden opens its gates for ShelterBox
UK's largest private garden opens its gates for ShelterBox

Tregothnan Estate will be opening its gates for one weekend only in aid of ShelterBox.

Tregothnan Estate near Truro will be supporting ShelterBox next April by opening its private gates for one weekend only to give an insight into the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall. On the 20th and 21st April 2013, visitors will be able to experience Tregothnan’s unequalled diversity of shrubs and trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful river Fal.

In the heart of Cornwall, Tregothnan has been home to the same family since 1335 and the garden surrounding this historic home has been of lasting interest to successive generations. Crowds of visitors will descend on Tregothnan to get lost in ancient mountainous Camellias, Magnolias and the biggest Rhododendrons in the world. Despite the 40 foot crescendos of full flower, the sheer scale of the garden, over 100 acres, means that there will be plenty of peace.

Renowned for growing and producing the only tea in England, Tregothnan, who’s owners are descendants of Earl Grey, will showcase its new tea plantation in the magical Himalayan Valley alongside a beautiful pagoda. Tregothnan was the first place to grow ornamental Camellias outdoors 200 years ago and it was this wealth of experience combined with a pioneering spirit that led the family to grow tea – Camellia sinensis – for the first time ever on British soil. Other special sites include the South American and South African gardens, the Camellia maze, Ladies’ Walk, Lime Avenue, Summerhouse Lawns, Deer Park viewing points and Tree Fern Avenue.

Also available will be tea tastings, cream teas, and light lunches. The estate’s shop will sell a vast range of Cornish-grown teas, herbal infusions and plants. Musical entertainment, children’s activities and a classic car display are also sure to keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend.

Tregothnan is an official 'safe site' for the keeping of rare or endangered trees from all over the world. The garden holds some 'Red Book' endangered plants and trees which are larger than any remaining in the wild. Plants from trips to Japan and South America in 2007 add excitement to the garden. Tregothnan is home to the world’s only surviving travelling greenhouse, the Wardian Case, which is to be unveiled this year for the first time to our lucky visitors. The fascinating Wollemi pine or ‘Dinosaur tree’ - a prehistoric species thought to be extinct until discovered in an Australian valley in 1994 – will also be on display.

This year ‘kids go free,’ encouraging families to enjoy the adventure of Cornwall’s finest garden. All proceeds will benefit ShelterBox.

Open from 10am – 5pm, with the last entry to the garden at 4pm. Dogs on leads welcome. For more details please ring 01872 520000.

To book an earlybird ticket click here.

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