Garden

Something for everyone

  • Enjoy the intimacy of the small yet surprisingly plentiful gardens, perfectly in keeping with the Tudor manor house
  • Have a go at Tudor garden games for all the family
  • Visit the new Ladies Garden and watch it progress
  • Enjoy a carnival of colour and productivity in the vegetable garden
  • Relax amongst the calming hues of the blue and white border
  • Run around, picnic or just lie back and enjoy the open spaces

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About the garden

Background

Trerice turf maze as seen from above © Barbara Moffatt

The garden layout and structure at Trerice as we see it today originates from the Elizabethan period. We have little information about how the garden and wider landscape was developed or exactly when.  Archaeological evidence shows that the landscape has been used for hundreds of years primarily as farm land, productive grounds, formal and ornamental gardens.

Ethos

One pin left: a young visitor awaits the outcome of a game of Kayles © NT / Lee Searle

Although the garden is relatively small, we try and ensure that it is:

  • Fun, with a turf maze, Kayles and other games and activities to play
  • Enjoyable, with vibrant, carefully crafted planting schemes
  • Sympathetic, to compliment our historic Elizabethan Manor
  • Productive, growing fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit all year round

People

Trerice garden volunteers © NT / Lee Searle

We have one full time gardener who looks after the grounds on a daily basis.  She is assisted by a garden manager, as well as a part time seasonal gardener and a fantastic team of 12 volunteers who carry out a range of tasks around the property, come rain or shine, all year round. 

 

The Ladies Garden

Artist’s impression of the new Ladies Garden at Trerice © NTPL/Simon Riordan

Artist’s impression of the new Ladies Garden at Trerice

We've spent the past year creating our new parterre, the Ladies Garden. The planting consists of yew hedging, white roses ('Sweet Child of Mine'), oreganum ('Herrenhausen') and lavender ('Silver Mist').

Come and check on our progress and discover the story of our newest feature.

Looking good in the garden

  • Campanula in the blue and white border at Trerice © Jen Pina-Trengove

    Blue and white borders

    Enjoy the simple colour palette of our herbaceous borders. A real summer show stopper.

  • Rose at Trerice © Jen Pina-Trengove

    Roses

    Love roses? Then you'll be enchanted by the many varieties growing around the garden.

  • A riot of colour in the stable bed at Trerice © Jen Pina-Trengove

    Dazzling annuals

    Enjoy an explosion of colour in the stable bed, where annuals fill every space .

Herbs in the garden

No Tudor household would have been complete without a medicinal herb garden. Today, we love herbs for their fantastic flavours, smells and therapeutic uses. Take a wander and savour the aromas.

50 things at Trerice

  • #16 See who can make the longest daisy chain
  • #24 Wander around our turf maze barefoot and feel the grass tickle your toes
  • #31 Find a quiet corner and be a bug detective

Plant sales

Take home a living souvenir of your visit to Trerice

Has the garden inspired you? Visit our plant sales and take a little piece of Trerice back to your own garden. We've a wide range of gorgeous plants, including herbs, roses and herbaceous perennials.

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