Trengwainton Garden

Posted on: December 4th, 2011 by Rob

Trengwainton, which in Cornish means ‘house of spring’, is a plantsman’s paradise. The favourable climate allows many rare plants to be grown unprotected against frost. The unusual walled garden, constructed in 1820 for early vegetable crops, now houses a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs.

Some rhododendrons flowered at Trengwainton for the first time in the UK after being collected by the renowned plant hunter Frank Kingdon-Ward. As well as its stunning collections of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, the garden has a stream running almost its entire length, with plantings of astilbe, primula and New Zealand tree ferns.

Intimate and closely linked to the picturesque stream running the length of the garden, paths lead up to a terrace and summerhouses with splendid views across Mount’s Bay to The Lizard. The walled gardens contain many rare and unusual species which are difficult to grow in the open anywhere else in the country.

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