Cornwall Celebrates the Early Arrival of Spring with Garden Festivals
The first magnolia trees are in bloom, announcing the early arrival of Spring in Cornwall. Bulb Farms are reporting the earliest harvest for daffodils on record and rhododendrons and camellias throughout the county are bursting into bloom.
It is the flowering of the Magnolia campbellii champion trees, found in several gardens in Cornwall that really symbolise that spring has arrived. This year, The Great Gardens of Cornwall and The Nare Hotel have teamed up to test the theory that spring arrives in Cornwall first. Follow Cornwall's spring story here.
With the early onset of Spring, Cornwall has some of the first annual Spring Flower Shows in the country. First in the calendar is the Falmouth Spring Flower Show, 23rd and 24th March 2013, part of the Falmouth Spring Festival, which celebrates the town’s many stunning gardens and green spaces. Experts are on hand to answer questions and exhibitors include anyone with a love of flora, from big nurseries and public gardens to local residents with private gardens.
Dubbed Cornwall’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, Cornwall Spring Flower Show is next on the calendar on 6th and 7th April 2013, set against the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel. Children have their own classes and will be enchanted by Nature Workshops, face painting and a range of play activities related to the natural world.
Broadcaster and horticulturalist Roy Lancaster will officially open the Boconnoc event with thousands of visitors expected to attend the two day show, admiring the brightly coloured shrubs and flowers that make Cornwall in springtime so special. The show attracts hundreds of competitors and some of the best specialist growers and trade exhibitors from across the UK.
“Quality events play an important role in enhancing the visitor experience and showcase what Cornwall does best” comments Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service for the county. “Cornwall is stunning in springtime, our gardens are world-famous for their early displays of spectacular trees, shrubs and plants and all that beauty is brought together in the early season Flower Shows, with their promise of long days of summer and outdoor pursuits to come.”
Cornwall’s mild, maritime climate ensures that the county sees signs of spring earlier than the rest of the country each year. Many sub-tropical species flourish in the mild climate of Cornwall, having been brought to the county by Packet Ship Captains and Victorian plant hunters travelling the globe. Cornwall’s magical gardens are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees, from wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous.
Visit Cornwall produces a guide to the Gardens of Cornwall, available from March through http://www.visitcornwall.com
Visit Cornwall’s award winning website has a wealth of inspiring ideas about which gardens to visit and when at http://www.visitcornwall.com/gardens
Video: For a glimpse of the Spring Gardens of Cornwall immerse yourself in the digital video postcard http://www.visitcornwall.com/video-spring-gardens
Festival dates and websites:
Falmouth Spring Flower Show, 23rd and 24th March 2013 http://www.falmouthshow.co.uk/
Cornwall Spring Garden Show, 6th and 7th April 2013 www.cornwallflowershow.co.uk
Further details of festivals throughout Cornwall can be found at: http://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on