Our Allotment Garden at Trengwainton

Vibrant red and green chard in Trengwainton's allotment garden © National Trust/Marina Rule

Vibrant red and green chard in Trengwainton's allotment garden

As the character of Trengwainton's Allotment Garden has developed, so has its name.  Featuring a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables, it really does have the feel of a well-loved allotment. If you're looking for ideas for what to grow at home, this is the place to come.

Can't wait to grow your own?  Then try ours.
Throughout the season, fruit and vegetables from the garden are often on sale in our shop - and taste delicious.  At Trengwainton, we don't have to worry about 'food miles;' here we talk in terms of food metres. This is especially true for the tea-room which often incorporates our fruit and vegetables into their dishes.

Dazzling dahlias - vegetables or garden flowers?
The south facing border features a dazzling display of dahlias, providing rich colour from late summer to the first frosts.  Dahlias have a fascinating history; native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia, they were grown by the Aztecs for food, ceremonies and decorative purposes.  They arrived in Europe at the end of the 18th century having been sent over to Madrid by the Spanish settlers in Mexico.

The plant was named after Andreas Dahl, who considered it a vegetable rather than a garden flower.  Interest switched from the edible tubers to the blooms when the first varieties with large, double flowers were bred in Belgium in 1815.

Want to know more about dahlias?