A passion for pumpkins in the Pumpkin Garden

The amazing colours of Trengwainton's pumpkins © National Trust/Marina Rule

The amazing colours of Trengwainton's pumpkins

Trengwainton’s annual Pumpkin Fun Day has become such a firm family favourite that a section of the garden has been given over almost entirely to growing this versatile fruit.

To be held on Sunday 27 October this year, you can look forward to a multitude of pumpkin themed games and activities, as well as pumpkin flavoured dishes in our tea-room.

A photo opportunity

Autumn brings a wonderful harvest of pumpkins, squash and gourds, with names almost as colourful as the fruit itself: Lady Godiva, Sweet Dumpling and Jack-be-Little, to name just a few. So be sure to bring along your camera to photograph this vibrant display.

A sensory experience

Throughout the summer months in this section, there are also picturesque triangles of various herbs backed by beautiful, bright sweet peas set against rust coloured brick walls. Pretty to look at, if you brush your hand along the herbs, you can enjoy a sensory experience for the nose as well as the eyes.

Did you know…?

  • Pumpkins come from the same family as cucumbers
  • Pumpkin carving was started by the Irish, who originally carved turnips for their annual Samhain holiday
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites