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 Knot 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


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 gardens and wider landscape were originally developed.  Archaeological evidence shows that the landscape has been used for hundreds of years as farm land, productive grounds, formal and ornamental gardens.


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 to 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


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. 


Elizabethan Knot Garden

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

Artist’s impression of the new Knot Garden at Trerice

We've spent the past year creating our stunning new Knot Garden.

800 young yews have been planted to form the framework of this formal garden, interplanted with white roses ('Sweet Child of Mine'), oreganum ('Herrenhausen') and lavender ('Silver Mist'). The garden may be young but it's already a sight to behold, so come along and check on our progress.


Our favourite plants for pollinators

  • We grown annual cerinthe from seed © National Trust


    The tubular purple flowers of this self-seeding annual are beloved by bees.

  • Vipers bugloss plant © Nick Walford / National Trust

    Vipers Bugloss

    The towering spikes of tiny, vibrant blue flowers on this biennial prove irresistible to a multit...

  • Oregano 'Herrenhausen’ in flower at Trerice © Nick Walford / National Trust

    Oreganum 'Herrenhausen'

    We're not the only ones enjoying the oreganum - the purple flowers are covered in a haze of bees....

  • Butterfly enjoying lavender © RF.Porter


    'Silver Mist' is the star of the knot garden, creating a fragrant carpet.

  • Sedums along the borders are a valuable nectar source thoughout autumn © Miranda Gleaves


    Clusters of starry pink or crimson flowers provide a feast for insects into autumn.

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.