Tregothnan, what a corker!

The weather was not good, and the forecast was not much better, but I had to do something today having had a very good breakfast (continuing to work my way through the 40 different sausage selections to choose from at the B&B!). Andy and Jane recommended that I visit Tregothnan, the traditional home of the Boscawen family, and the seat of Lord Falmouth, which is only open for one weekend of the year and this weekend is it – looks like my luck was in, lets hope it holds.

Tregothnan: The House at the Head of the Valley - and really long drive Tree ferns at Tregothnan

Tregothnan garden is situated at the head of the Fal Estuary and has been the home of the Boscawen family since the 1300s. It has a wonderful collection of plants including original introductions brought back from by plant hunters including William and Robert Lobb, and plants from expeditions to China and South America.

Some palm trees had probably been here a while The lime tree avenue with its carpet of primroses and bluebells A superb specimen of a cork oak

More than 100 years ago the Boscawens introduced rhododendrons, rare trees and the earliest outdoor plantings of camellias in the country. A specimen of Trachycarpus fortunei is reputed to be the tallest in the country, and they have probably the best Cork Oak (Quercus suber) specimen I have seen in the UK.

Cork oak bark Cork oak bark

The Tregothnan estate continues to be at the forefront of plant introductions, particularly with growing its own tea – though that was not accessible on this rare open day.

More photos from Tregothnan, this trip and the trip to Cornwall last month can be found here.

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