Tresco Abbey Gardens Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are 26 miles south west of Lands End in the Atlantic Ocean. One of these islands, Tresco, is only 2 miles long and one mile wide, and it is here that is home to one of the world's most incredible plant collections, the Tresco Abbey Gardens.

On Tresco Abbey Gardens there are 300 growing days a year. Even in winter the temperature seldom dips below 5 degrees, and plants which would not survive on mainland Britain can be found growing wild here.

After the planting of shelter belts, by 1855 Tresco Abbey Gardens had grown to its present 17 acres, and already contained thriving collections from North Africa, the Canary Islands and South America. Today there is a unique collection of 20,000 exotic plants.