Trebah Garden Royal Horticultural Society

Trebah garden is located in a south facing steep wooded ravine which drops almost 200 feet to Polgwiddon Cove, a small sandy bay at the eastern end of the Helford estuary.

In 1826 the Fox family (see Glendurgan) started the development of Trebah garden by planting a shelter belts of Monterey Pine and Maritime Pine. Then an army of gardeners started planting seedlings, many only inches high, which had been collected from such places as China, Japan and the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. Many of these plants had never been grown in Britain before and little was know about what their ultimate height and size may be.

New species continued to be introduced to Trebah garden and in 1890 300 Dicksonia antarctica, soft tree ferns from New South Wales were planted.More than 100 years later some still survive, now nearly 20 feet tall with shaggy fibrous bark fronds more than five feet long.

Today, standing at the top of the ravine in Trebah garden and looking down the towards the Helford river is the most incredible garden vista imaginable. It is as if you have been transported half way across the world and am now looking at some remote Himalayan valley. Some of the rhododendrons are now over 60 feet tall, standing alongside Acacia pravissima from Australia with a neighbouring South American eucryphia and a group of Chusan palms from central China. . The combination of so many exotic plants in such a small area is breathtaking. Trebah Garden is now home to the Royal Horticultural Society in Cornwall. A position it fully justifies.