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HORTUS Goes to Cornwall: A Magnolia Spectacle

21 March 2022

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The Cornish peninsula is famous for sheltered woodland gardens harbouring important collections of magnolias, as well as many other plant groups accompanied by carpets of wild flowers. Head south for the Cornish magnolia spectacle in an early spring tour led by HORTUS contributor Kirsty Fergusson, hosted by Charles Fox

  • Specialist advice at Caerhays Castle
  • Lunch with Charles and Caroline Fox at Glendurgan
  • Luxurious waterfront accommodation in St Mawes
  • Visit to Trewithen with head gardener Gary Long
Head south for the Cornish magnolia spectacle. The Cornish peninsula is famous for sheltered woodland gardens
harbouring important collections of magnolias, as well as camellias, rhododendrons, palms, tree ferns and many
other exotic plant groups that predominantly flower in the spring accompanied by carpets of wild spring flowers.
Most of these gardens are found to the south of the peninsula where valley gardens lead down to secluded creeks
warmed by the Gulf Stream. The wonder and magnificence of Cornish gardens is made possible by this unique
microclimate as well as by the prosperity of estates established in the seventeenth century, funded by local
tin-mining and porcelain production. This all coincided with the arrival in Britain of large quantities of exciting
new plant specimens collected by botanists travelling to far-flung regions of the world. To immerse yourself
in the splendour of these outstanding woodland collections, stout footwear and the capability to walk around
expansive valley gardens are required. We stay at Olga Polizzi’s renowned Tresanton Hotel, a haven of beauty
and peace where guests enjoy comfort, fresh local cuisine and traditional, unobtrusive service. All rooms have
dramatic views across the sea towards St Anthony’s lighthouse with the opportunity to stroll into light-filled St
Mawes, one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall.

Your Accommodation

Tresanton Hotel

Comprised of a cluster of white-washed cottages, this former yachting club enjoys spectacular sea views, which are matched by tastefully eclectic interiors decorated in soothing coastal tones. Situated on the edge of charming St Mawes, facilities include a cosy bar and games room, elegant beach club and a celebrated restaurant. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom with REN bath products
  • TV and DVD player
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Complimentary fresh fruit