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The moment Cornish Magnolias flower

Spring has arrived in England:
28th February

Spring has arrived: 28th February 2017

The Nare and the Great Gardens of Cornwall  have declared the first day of Spring
in England for 2017 to be:


The champion trees at Trebah, Trewidden, Caerhays, Heligan, Tregothnan and Trewithen all burst into flower within days of each other, heralding the arrival of spring in England.

It is nature's living proof that  Spring really does arrive earlier in Cornwall than any other part of the UK.

Follow Cornwall's Spring Story...

The moment Cornish Magnolias flower, Spring has arrived in England

Declared this Year:  TUESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2017

Previous Years:

  • 10TH February 2016
  • 3rd March 2015
  • 3rd March 2014
  • 19th February 2013

Over the years it has become increasingly apparent that many people do not fully appreciate quite how early spring arrives in Cornwall and how much earlier than the rest of England. Whilst there are lovely gardens to explore in Cornwall throughout the year, really the very best time to visit the Cornish Spring Gardens is when Cornish Magnolias are in full bloom during the early part of the season.  The blooming of Magnolia flowers often occurs around the middle of March - a fact rarely even appreciated by gardeners throughout the rest of England. But this year the first bloomings occurred even earlier, thanks to a mild winter. 

The Nare Hotel promotes, in partnership with the Great Gardens of Cornwall, the idea of Cornwall's Spring Story to mark the moment Cornish Magnolias flower each year and to declare the arrival of spring in England.

The Foundation of Cornwall's Spring Story - how the idea for The Moment came about ......

Cornwall's Spring Story was founded by Toby Ashworth of The Nare Hotel, and in collaboration with The Great gardens of Cornwall.

In order to prove that spring really does arrive in Cornwall first, six nominated significant Magnolia campbellii are monitored in six different Great Gardens in Cornwall to record the date the Magnolias come into full bloom. The moment all six of the champion magnolia trees have flowered with a count of at least 50 blooms on each, then Cornwall declares that spring has arrived in England.

To follow the progress of spring visit the Spring Story on the Great Gardens of Cornwall website . The Head Gardeners of each of the six gardens give feedback as their champion Magnolia buds shed their outer winter jackets and then come into full bloom. Using photographs capture at the time and a twitter feed the Head Gardeners report back to the Great Gardens website and trigger the Bloomometers to give a day by day report on the arrival of Spring.

There is comment and intrigue, regular postings and photographs as the season progresses and the trees come into full flower.

You may also wish to follow the story on twitter @Gr8Gardens following #springstory

Great Gardens of Cornwall Competition

Visit the Great Gardens of Cornwall website to register for your chance to win a 4 night break at The Nare, including tickets for all of the participating gardens. The competition is open until 31st December 2017 and the winning couple will be invited to join us at The Nare during the Spring of 2018 with the chance to visit the Great Gardens of Cornwall when the magnolias are flowering.