Spring at Pencarrow 8 / 3 / 2017

Cornish Spring garden Pencarrow in bloom

On a slightly soggy day like today I always think its good to remember the benefit Cornwall reaps from our rains. The flora and fauna in our little county is renowned, and as you know we like to boast, Spring comes here first!

Pencarrow is a family run home and gardens between Wadebridge and Bodmin and is a brilliant spot to take advantage of this seasons blooms. Starting in February with a dusting of snow drops, now the gardens in March are all lit up with a fabulous display of camellias and rhododendrons. You can see more than 600 varieties in firey, fresh and feminine shades.  The gardens at Pencarrow are very dog and family friendly and are a mix of formal landscaping and woodland walks with a variety of lengths, some circular and some wheelchair friendly.

Watch out for the Iron Age hill fort, sunken Italian garden and the once secret meeting place of the grotto! The gardens were originally designed in 1831 and have been evolving ever since. Pencarrow can also boast to have the first Victorian rock garden in England.

This Cornish home also has another claim to fame. Before a house party the first specimen of Araucaria araucana was bought by Sir William Molesworth for 20 guineas and planted as a feature. When barrister Charles Austin touched its prickly leaves he remarked “It would be a puzzle for a monkey”, which is where we get the more familiarly known Monkey Puzzle name.

The house, cafe and plant shop open in April, where you will be able to soak up the Georgian splendor. In the mean time, the gardens are an ideal day out for March, let the kids let off some steam, admire the blooms and relax in this fine Cornish garden. You can find out more information here.

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