Cornwall, 24th February 2022: Despite the red weather warning and trio of storms, spring in Cornwall has officially been announced, marked by the blooming of six Magnolia Campbellii trees on 22 February 2022.
Founded by The Nare Hotel in conjunction with The Great Gardens of Cornwall, the Spring Story announces the fact that spring arrives early in Cornwall, thanks to the mid-climate from the Gulf Stream. Once the six champion Magnolia Campbellii trees in the Great Gardens reveal their first 50 blooms, spring is officially declared to have started in Cornwall. The mild winter has seen spring arrive in Cornwall on 22 February 2022, up to a month earlier than the rest of the UK according to The Great Gardens of Cornwall.
To celebrate reaching 300 blooms, The Great Gardens of Cornwall has partnered with local florist Anna Sawle from Wedding Flowers in Cornwall, to create a flower arch adorned in bright Cornish flowers and topped with delicate magnolias. The spectacle will be positioned at Truro Train Station on 1st March 2022 between 9.30 and 11.30 to allow members of the public to celebrate the start of spring but also to mark the first day of Magnolia month – a key time to spot blossoming magnolias across the country.
Commenting on the early arrival of spring, James Stephens from The Lost Gardens of Heligan said: “Even though Storm Dudley, Eunice and Franklin tried to scupper the early arrival of spring, this really is proof that the milder winter that we experience in Cornwall means that we get to enjoy an extra month of spring. The flowering of these magnificent magnolias is something to be enjoyed in February and March and we’d encourage members of the public to see the spectacle, which has been likened to the cherry blossom in Japan.”
The Great Gardens’ most westerly magnolia tree at Trewidden Garden was the first to boast 50 blooms on its branches, with all six gardens having over 50 blooms by 22 February.
The Great Gardens of Cornwall is a collection of 13 of the best-known, largest, most historically and horticulturally important gardens in Cornwall. Spread across Cornwall, from a tidal estuary on the River Tamar, to the tip of the Isles of Scilly, the 13 gardens include: Antony Woodland Gardens, Bonython Estate Gardens, Caerhays Castle Spring Gardens, the Eden Project, Lamorran Gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Garden, Tregothnan, Tregrehan Garden, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Tresco Abbey Garden, Trewidden and Trewithen.
For more information about The Great Gardens of Cornwall and the Spring Story, please visit: www.greatgardensofcornwall.co.uk