"I think its a magical garden, I love it" Alice, aged 9
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'.