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Carwinion House near Falmouth sells off contents and garden plants

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 24, 2013

  • Carwinion Gardens Auction. David Lay hosting the auction. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131019A-010_C

  • Sheila and John Hocking take a look around.

  • Bidders ready for the auction at Carwinion.

  • Sarah Pugh and Jamie Smith with large-leafed species rhododendron.

  • Carwinion Gardens Auction. Sophia, Lailani, Elyssa, Amelia and Richard Atkinson. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131019A-007_C

  • Chris Spencer tries out a teak bench circa 1950s.

  • Carwinion Gardens Auction.Rod Langton in the bamboo tent. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131019A-006_C

  • Margaret Saxton and John O'Donohue with the sundial up for sale.

  • Carwinion Gardens Auction. Robert and Jane Atkinson with an old lawn roller. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131019A-001_C

  • Ann and Michael Bell, president of The Bamboo Society, check out some of the bamboo for sale.

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A BAMBOO collection, rare plant species and garden furniture were among the 400-plus lots at an unusual auction in Mawnan Smith.

Following the sale of the contents of Carwinion House earlier this month, the garden sale took place on Saturday. David Lay, of the Penzance Auction House, sold off large camellias, rare bamboo, tree ferns and many other plants from what was described as an "important horticultural collection".

The 436 lots included a sundial, granite troughs, garden furniture and tools. The auction was said to be a "very interesting and poignant sale" by the auctioneer, as the Rogers family, who have lived at Carwinion for many years, hand over the property to the National Trust.

The late Anthony Rogers and his wife Jane developed the National Bamboo Collection, which was sold alongside a variety of other unusual species. Much of the fine furnishings from the manor house, including the Anthony Rogers' fountain pen collection, was sold at The Penzance Auction House antiques sale earlier this month.

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