Annual Tresco Flower Count Highlights ‘Unique’ Abbey Gardens

Tresco's Abbey Gardens

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

It’s a bumper year for flowering plants in Tresco’s Abbey Gardens this winter.

The annual New Year Flower Count showed that a massive 285 different species of plants are in full bloom.

Curator Mike Nelhams and his team of gardeners scoured the site last Friday in search of flowers, something that has now become a tradition on the island.

Mike says it’s a nice event to hold and helps to keep them “in tune” with what’s flowering over the winter and how they might improve on that.

And he says it highlights how Tresco’s garden is unique in Britain, adding that there’s nothing to match it in winter.

Mainland sites might manage about 30 flowering plants at this time of year, he says, while Tresco has hundreds.

Mike says many of the plants come from South America, such as the Tibouchina semidecandra, or Glory Bush, which is growing on the middle terrace. He says that’s particularly impressive and has been flowering all year.

Numbers are well up on last year, when 255 flower plants were recorded. Bad weather meant only around 230 examples were found in 2012 and 2013.