Yes, spring comes to Cornwall earlier than almost anywhere in Britain, so plan to be in Cornwall for the early Cornish spring! Well before the bluebells arrive in Cornwall’s sheltered valleys – as early as March and April – the rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias are in flower. Spring in Cornwall is often a joyous contrast of chilly weather, enticing sunshine and riotous colour. Ruthern Valley’s lodges and glamping pods will offer you a cosy break.
The Telegraph newspaper, March 2015. Cornwall: an idyllic spring garden holiday
Pencarrow House & Garden (15 min from Ruthern Valley)
Snowdrop Sundays for 2019 will be on the 10th February and the 17th February. Proceeds are donated to charity, one chosen charity for each day. Entry is by donation and will be taken on the drive. Peacock Cafe will be open all day for light lunches and refreshments.
Lanhydrock (15 min from Ruthern Valley)
Lanhydrock puts on one of the county’s most colourful spring shows, with over 120 species of cream and white magnolias featuring amongst a flurry of wild blooms that carpet the woodland. The gardens are open from 16 Feb 2019 and the house from 1st March 2019.
Royal Cornwall Showground – CGS Spring Flower Show – 7-8 April 2019 (15 min from Ruthern Valley)
The Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show. At the heart of the show will be the exuberant display of the competitive classes, with the camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons and ornamental shrubs and trees guaranteeing a brilliantly colourful spectacle of the highest quality. It’s known as one of the most friendly and inclusive shows.
Caerhays (40 min from Ruthern Valley)
Home to a National Magnolia Collection, the gardens at Caerhays Castle are a spring-time wonderland. The 120 acre woodland gardens are spectacular and are normally open from 18th February 2019 to the beginning of June.
Mount Edgcumbe – Camillia Walk, 2nd & 20th March 2019 (1 hr from Ruthern Valley)
2nd & 20th March 2019, 10 am – 12 noon; Cost: £5.00pp
Suitable for the whole family. This is an opportunity to join the Curator of the National Camellia Collection on a conducted tour of the collection that currently numbers approximately 1,000 cultivars. Meeting at Dry Walk Car Park. Suitable walking shoes and clothing is a must on this outdoor adventure.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park