In 2013, the third flowering champion Magnolia campbellii was recorded at Trebah on 19th February, a full month before the official start of spring in England. After a stormy winter, when will spring arrive this year?
This year The Great Gardens of Cornwall will be monitoring seven champion Magnolia Campbellii trees to see exactly when they bloom. When all seven trees have at least 50 blooms spring will have arrived in Cornwall.
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