- Full title of event: Open Gardens
- Date and time of event: Sunday 19th May 11.00am to 4.00pm
- Where to meet: Burncoose House, Gwennap, Redruth, TR16 6BJ
- Cost of event: £5 under-16s free
Many people visiting Burncoose Nurseries at Gwennap, near Redruth, may have no idea that the garden and house exist but on Sunday May 19th these will be opening for the Trust from 11.00am to 4.00pm and visitors will be free to wander around the grand house.
An added attraction will be floral demonstrations by staff from the Cornish Cutting Garden in Porkellis. The owner of this garden is passionate about organic cultivation, and there is an opportunity to see more of their produce on Sunday 7th July when they also open for the Trust.
Admission is £5 with under 16s free. Dogs are allowed on leads. Cream teas and beverages will be provided by Roddas, Berrymans and Cornish Coffee, along with homemade refreshments.
Burncoose House and Nurseries is the oldest part of the Caerhays Estate which is owned by the Williams family. The Williams family originally arrived in Cornwall in 1650 and settled at Burncoose in 1715. Successive generations were major players in the heydays of Cornish tin mining and for a period the world price of copper was set from the Burncoose office and the family employed 10,000 people within the Gwennap Parish alone.
Perched on a hilltop, Burncoose doesn't benefit from Cornwall's microclimates responsible for the flourishing valley gardens, yet it is still home to one of the most diverse ranges of plants in the region. Its sprawling woodland gardens and old flower garden are rich with the likes of camellias, azaleas, and rhododendrons, as well as over 20 species of bamboo. The vast acreage is packed with prolific blooms all year round and in the spring there are drifts of snowdrops, primroses and wild violets, with daffodils and carpets of bluebells which should still be around in mid-May.