A few miles from Antony and across the foot passenger ferry from Portsmouth to Cremyll is another National Collection of Camellia at Mount Edgcumbe. On our recent walking trip in the area the route took us through the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe House, jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council and we couldn’t fail to notice the NC as it is so well signposted.
The Collection was started in 1976 with a gift from the International Camellia Society. Since then it has grown to almost 1000 cultivars with a donation of 100 camellias from David Trehane and cuttings from Botanical Gardens and enthusiasts all over the world. Like Antony, Mount Edgcumbe is another Camellia Garden of Excellence.
On entering the park you can buy plants from the Collection
The route is signposted with information boards, giving information about how to grow and propagate camellias (although with a request not to take cuttings from the Collection)
and then you find a huge variety of cultivars, all clearly labelled, which is ideal for comparison.
And to add to the experience there are fantastic views out over Plymouth Sound
The wider park is open year round, daily from 8am to dusk and is free to the public. The free area of the park includes the National Camellia Collection and the majority of the formal gardens.