Mount Edgcumbe Country Park & Gardens

House

Garden overview

Mount Edgcumbe is one of only three grade one Landscape Parks in the South West of England; it has over 865 acres of beautiful 18th century gardens, and also a landscape park dating from the 16th century.  Being a coastal park we have over 10 miles of Cornish coast line to enjoy.   

Our Camellias

Mount Edgcumbe is the home of the National Camellia Collection which waUnknowns first started by David Trehane in 1975. He was looking for a large garden in the South West that could hold an extensive collection of camellia plants.  Initially David donated plants from his own collection, but over the next few years camellias were presented to Mount Edgcumbe by the National Trust, Windsor Park and several private enthusiasts.

Until 1995 the National Camellia Collection consisted of 365 cultivars. Since then, a new gardening team have spent the last 17 years concentrating on the introduction of new varieties from all over the UK, Europe and America and we now have over a 1000 cultivars; one of the largest collections in the UK.

During the Camellia season a dedicated trail is laid out within the collection giving interested visitors information about the camellia collection.  The planting is informal within a woodland setting of over 30 acres, all plants are clearly labeled and access is free to the public.

A large database is held on the collection which includes photographs of the various species and cultivars.  We are therefore able to trace each plant back to its original source, whether a donation or a purchase.

Contact Details

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall, UK PL10 1HZ
Tel:  +44 1752 822 236 Fax +44 1752 822 199
Email: mt.edgcumbe@plymouth.gov.uk 
Web: www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk

Visitor information

Opening Times

Country Park & Lower Park gardens (National Camellia Collection)

 8am - dusk daily
free of charge

House and Earls Garden

April to September
Sunday to Thursday
11am to 4.30pm
admission fees apply
See web for details.

Best Time to Visit

Sasanquas start their flowering in August, with other Camellia varieties blooming until December. The majority of our camellia collection
flowers from February to May. 

Other areas of interest are the Lower Park formal gardens such as the Italian, French, American and New Zealand Gardens plus the Fern Dell where you can see many specimen plants from all over the world.

 

Address:
Cremyll
Torpoint
Plymouth
Devon
PL10 1HZ
United Kingdom
+44-01752 822236 ; +44-01752 822236

Facilities

Parking
Toilets
Disabled access
Refreshments
Restaurant
Picnic area

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