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Hydrangea Harvest

Added 7 yearss ago


This autumn and winter, visit Trebah Garden, near Falmouth and be bowled over by their breath-taking display of dried Hydrangea heads. Hundreds of fresh Hydrangeas have been carefully selected and then picked from Trebah's famous two acre Hydrangea Valley. They have then been dried, using the traditional method of stringing them upside down and placing them carefully in the boiler room of Trebah House, evoking memories from the Victorian era. The Hydrangeas have then been carefully placed, using chicken wire, wrapped around the Douglas Fir pillars in the foyer of the Visitor Centre, creating a stunning visual display for our autumn visitors. For Christmas, hundreds of small LED fairy lights will be placed amongst the flower heads, adding a little festive sparkle.

The idea for the Hydrangea display was devised by Jane Burnett, the wife of Trebah's director. Jane said: "The idea came to me whilst lying on a beach this summer in Greece. I suddenly thought, our Hydrangeas are one of the most popular and favourite areas of the garden during the summer months, but the autumnal colour they provide, can be even more fantastic. It is great to now see this translated into a natural backdrop for our annual winter and festive decoration of our Visitor Centre".

Special thanks goes to Jane, Nicola Wharton, Trebah's Garden Archivist and Jan, a member of the Garden Volunteer Team.

Many of the Hydrangeas in the valley at Trebah, were planted in the 1950's and therefore are upto 60 years old. The most recognisable and prolific variety of Hydrangea and the one that has been harvested for this display, is the Mophead (Hydrangea Macrophylla). This variety is the most common Hydrangea, often seen growing in people's gardens, parks and roadsides and is invariably either pink or blue in colour. At Trebah, we also have a host of other varieties that have been planted and grown over the years. These include; Lacecap Hydrangeas, Hydrangea 'Zorro' (this variety has black stems and presumably is named after the darkly clothed Spanish-masked hero) and a more recently named variety, Hydrangea 'Trebah Silver'.