Explore under the lush canopies of woodland and discover the horticultural secrets of one of the UK’s most important plant collections.
This horticultural hotspot has been described as “perhaps the most beautiful woodland garden in England” (Penelope Hobhouse), and is internationally famous for its collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias.
Many of the rare trees and plants found here have grown from seed collected by plant-hunters’ early missions, making it a historical garden as well as one rich in horticultural treasures. George Johnstone is the key creator of the gardens, and he arrived in Trewithen over 100 years ago at the tender age of 22. On finding a thriving forest of trees, George hacked into the jungle and having felled over 300 beech trees he then created new glades within the garden stretching south of the house.
Along the flanks of these glades can be found descendents from some of the earliest seed-collecting expeditions, such as hybrids of camellias and magnolias. However, it is for having one of the most important collections of rhododendrons in the country that has won Trewithen awards and become nationally renowned.
With 28-acres of paradise to explore, Trewithen is a fantastically family friendly spot to let the kids loose. The stunning magnolia fountain will leave them wide-mouthed in amazement, and big, beautiful trees will keep their imaginations sky-high. Other distractions to keep them wonderfully amused include viewing platforms, a camera obscura, a play area and a tearoom for a well-deserved break.