• Splendid views of Mount“s Bay and the Lizard
  • Enormous tree ferns creating a “Jurassic“ feel
  • Dogs welcome throughout the garden (except tea-room garden)

The name Trengwainton is Cornish for “the settlement of spring“ - a reference to the particular beauty of this favoured part of Penwith.This 98 acre shrub garden, overlooking Mount“s Bay, climbs gently uphill for a third of a mile following a little streamIntimately linked to the picturesque stream running the length of the garden, paths lead up to a terrace and summerhouses, from where there are splendid views across Mount“s Bay to The Lizard.

The framework of the garden dates back to the early 19th century when Rose Price, the son of a wealthy West Indian sugar planter, planted the tall beeches and oaks that line the stream and shelter the house.Without these trees Trengwainton would suffer the full force of the westerly gales.Price also used much of his income from the Jamaican plantations to create the unusual walled garden at the foot of the drive. He used brick, a warmer but more expensive material than the local granite, to build a series of compartments.

The walled gardens contain many rare and unusual species which are difficult to grow in the open anywhere else in the country. Kitchen garden crops are gradually being reintroduced into the productive area. Visitors can climb on to a raised platform to take in the scale of the walled gardens and their unique raised beds, built to the dimensions of Noah“s Ark, as described in The Bible.

NT shop. Plant sales. Self-catering accommodation. Large cottage set within delightful and secluded woodland near Trengwainton House. Sleeps 9+. Available for short breaks and week bookings.

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NTPL/Stephen Robson

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