Trengwainton Gardens Cornwall

Trengwainton gardens are a mile or so inland from Penzance and can be truly described as a plantsman's garden. Trengwainton gardens contain a vast array of sub-tropical plants that, in some cases, grow outside nowhere else in Britain. It is a delightful garden, full of colour and interest, particularly in the spring time.

The Jubilee garden at Trengwainton was created to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. This includes fine groups of Phormiums New Zealand flax, clusters of agapanthus, lilies and a superb Psterotyrax hispidia the Epaulette Tree, with drooping panicles of lovely fragrant white flowers. Further along in Trengwainton Gardens the scenery becomes more exotic. Bamboo trained into archways, and a whole forest of Dicksonia antarctica the Soft tree fern. To the sides of the stream there are the giant rhubarb like leaves of Gunnera and drifts of astilbes.

Behind the Higher Garden Lawn at Trengwainton is a sheltered border containing the Magnolia garden. Here there are two wonderful specimens which have masses of large, deep pink flowers in April.

One of the finest features of Trengwainton is the series of walled gardens to the north of the drive.. They are exotic enclosures with a climate all their own, and indeed a plantsman's paradise. Within each enclosure are raised sloping beds which are treasure troves for some of the most exotic plants growing outside in mainland Britain. The geographic range is vast, with plants from Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Tasmania.

Trengwainton house, garden and surrounding estate was given to the National Trust in 1965, and is now open for everyone to enjoy.