What you can see at Trengwainton's Pond Garden

The cut-flower border - a chance for trainees to show their skills © National Trust/Marina Rule

The cut-flower border - a chance for trainees to show their skills

Walk into Trengwainton's Pond Garden in spring or summer and you'll instantly reach for your camera. The seasonal cut-flower border at its centre is planted up twice a year with colourful, eye-catching displays, usually created by members of the garden team training for horticultural qualifications.

For garden trainees, it provides the opportunity to gain experience in garden design, sourcing seeds, raising plants and hands-on cultivation.  

Keep an eye out too for striking plantings of lettuces in geometric designs on the sloping bed.

Take a closer look
The pond itself was originally a 'dipping pond' from which the garden was watered before hoses were available. Look closely - at different times of the year you can see toads, damsel flies, newts, water boatmen and dragon flies. The pond once had fish - until local herons made a meal of them.

Royal compost for orchids
Beside the pond is a large Osmunda regalis or Royal Fern, well over 100 years old and growing over an old rock garden. The fibrous rootstock of this species is the source of osmunda fibre, used as potting compost for orchids. 

Mining links
Next to the pond are old granite moulds in which tin ingots were made at the Bolitho smelting works in Chyandour, on the edge of Penzance, in the 19th century.

The Bolithos are an ancient Cornish family who were involved in mining for many generations. They owned Trengwainton from 1867 until it was given to the Trust in 1961.