Charles Williams was interviewed on Thursday 14th February 2019 by ITV to comment on the official arrival of spring in Cornwall. This is traditionally marked by each of the Great Gardens of Cornwall having 50 or more blooms out on a Magnolia campbellii. It is officially spring when the last Great Garden has 50 blooms on their tree. Cornwall had been waiting for Trewithen garden and Heligan garden this year and their final flowers came in bloom on Valentine’s Day.
This year the dates were as follows:-
Trewidden Gardens – 1 February
Trebah Garden – 3 February
Caerhays Castle Gardens – 7 February
Tregothnan Garden – 13 February
Trewithen Garden – 14 February
The Lost Gardens of Heligan – 14 February