24th February 2022 by Imogen in Blog

On Tuesday, it was officially declared that spring is here – all six magnolia trees in the six Great Gardens of Cornwall were in bloom with at least 50 blooms each. Here at Livingstone St. Ives art gallery we are delighted to celebrate this joyful event with our spring exhibition When the Magnolias Bloom, which is currently on show at our flagship St. Ives gallery on Fore Street.

Our intrepid gallery associate Luke went to see the magnolias in person on the day spring was declared, and reported back that they were “beautiful, glowing in the afternoon light”. As you can see from the pictures, these magnificent trees are worth visiting:

Darren Dickey, Head Gardener at Trebah Garden, said “Magnolias are a great early source of colour as we head out of winter and towards spring. Trebah like many of the Cornish gardens has a wonderful selection. The earliest to bloom with us is Magnolia campbellii, a stunning specimen covered in a mass of pink flowers. I’ve worked at Trebah now for 31 years and even now I can see the potential to develop and enhance the wonderful collection of plants that have been introduced over the last 180 years.”

Spring occurs sooner in Cornwall than the rest of the country, due to its oceanic climate and southerly position, and this can be seen in the profusion of spring flowers – bluebells, daffodils, foxgloves and primroses – which we have been enjoying for many weeks. If you’d like to see the magnolias at their best, you can visit the trees at Cornwall’s six Great Gardens: Caerhays Castle Spring Gardens,Trebah, Tregothnan, Trewithen, Trewidden and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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