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Five National Trust Gardens to Visit in February

As winter starts to loosen its frosty grip on our gardens, many of us find ourselves looking out for signs that spring is on its way. We love to see which buds will pop up first. Why not take in a bit of spring colour after winter’s monochrome. Here are some spring highlights in five Cornish gardens owned by the National Trust.

Trengwainton: Carpets of snowdrops beneath camellias and magnolias, with the magnificent Magnolia cambellii known to flower in early February. Later in the spring don’t miss the colourful display of candelabra primulas along the stream garden. Garden, tea-room and shop open from 16 February, Sunday – Thursday, 10.30am – 5.30pm.
 
Glendurgan: An abundance of magnolias and other spring flowering shrubs in this true Cornish valley garden. Watch out for the steep grass banks full of miniature narcissus and, later, small bluebells, plus the camellia walk near the entrance. Garden, refreshments and shop open from 8 February, Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 5.30pm.
 
Trelissick: Great views of the diverse collections of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias from raised positions naturally created by the rolling topography of this glorious garden, and its vast collection of flowering spring bulbs. Garden, restaurant and shop open daily all year, 11am – 4pm to 15 February, 10.30am – 5.30pm from 16 February. 
 
Lanhydrock: Wonderful collection of over 130 varieties of magnolia, which flower slightly later than other Cornish gardens due to the proximity of the cold Bodmin Mor. Look out for the magnolia tunnel, perhaps the only one of its kind in the UK. Garden, restaurant and shop open daily. 
 
Cotehele: An outstanding collection of Tamar daffodils that were once grown as flower crops in the local area. In late spring there is the added bonus of displays of blossom on the fruit trees in the Cotehele orchards. Garden open daily all year dawn – dusk. Barn restaurant, shop and plant sales open daily, The Edgcumbe open daily from 11am – 4pm.

 

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