|Caerhays Castle Gardens|
Caerhays Castle Gardens is one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall and is wonderful to visit at any time of year but especially in Spring. Our visit on a fairly sunny Saturday afternoon in early March coincided with a rare synchronisation of flowering of several species not usually known for flowering at the same time – daffodils, camellias, magnolias and some early Rhododendrons.
Home to a National Magnolia Collection containing some 600 Magnolias the Gardens are set in 120 acres and rise high behind the Castle. A magnificent vista can be enjoyed from the high ground looking down over the gardens to the sea where there is a small cove and beach.
Many of the original plant species that grow at Caerhays were collected in the early 1900s in China and grow alongside more modern hybrids. If you are looking to buy some first rate Magnolias, Camelias or other flowering shrubs we discovered that Caerhays has its own specialist nursery some 20 miles away near Redruth and operates a thriving mail order business www.burncoose.co.uk.
Local readers of this blog may get a chance to see Caerhays at its best in the Spring but again, a visit at any time of year is well worth the detour as the combination of gardens, an impressive Castle and fantastic rural and coastal views is unique. After a tour of the gardens and also the house when it is open one can relax in the tranquil Courtyard and enjoy a cup of tea from the Magnolia Tearoom.