Penzance and plant-hunting: Trewidden shares stories of Japan

Happy New Year to you all.

​Our January lectures are by Kew-trained horticulturalist and eminent Head Gardener, Richard Morton.

Having stewarded the collection at one of The Great Gardens of Cornwall – Trewidden near Penzance – for the last decade, Richard has a particular interest in camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.

He is also fascinated by the life of notable English plant-hunter, E H Wilson (1876-1930); an active flower show judge who sits on the committees for the West Cornwall Spring Flower Show and the International Camellia Society; and achieved chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Horticulture in 2016.

Earlier this year, the CGS supported Richard’s trip to Japan to enhance his knowledge and experience of the trees and shrubs that are grown at Trewidden.

Hunting the Wilson 50: Trewidden Goes to Japan will be his subject on Tuesday 9th January at 7.30pm at the Alverton Hotel in Truro, whilst Trewidden Garden: A Brief History will be his focus on Wednesday 10th January at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend to find out more about the Society and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will be on hand to tempt attendees with high quality plants for sale.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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