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The National Collection of Camellia is held at Mount Edgcumbe House and County Park, Torpoint, Cornwall.
Contact details are available through the Plant Heritage National Website .
Mount Edgcumbe is a Country Park of over 865 acres based on a 16th century landscape park and including the 18th century gardens of Mount Edgecumbe House. It is managed in a joint arrangement between Plymouth Council and Cornwall County Council.
The National Collection of Camellia is planted informally in a woodland setting of over 30 acres. Access is free to the public and all plants are clearly labelled.
The C. sasanqua cultivars start to flower in August with the peak of the spring display coming from February to May.
The collection originated with a large number of plants donated by David Trehane. He was looking for a garden in the South West that could house an extensive collection. A number of other parks and gardens donated plants and by 1995 there were 365 cultivars in the collection.
Since then the garden team have concentrated on sourcing new plants from the UK, Europe and America. There are now over 1,000 cultivars growing in the park, making it one of the largest collections in the UK.
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