Explore the garden

Snowdrops emerge at Trelissick garden, Cornwall

With the blazing colours of autumn whisked away by bitter winds the garden becomes more subdued during the winter months. However, delicate colours and beauty can still be found during this time.

On bright wintry days the garden is at its most calm. The maritime views Trelissick is famed for become the most apparent during this time with the deciduous trees left bare. The stark outlines of these branches frame the breath-taking views perfectly.

During the early months of the year Camellias bring delicate hues and Rhododendrons begin to emerge once again. Snowdrops, the surest sign spring is returning, appear as the season goes on. Finding these pockets of life and seeing them flourish is one of the most fulfilling parts of winter.

Below you'll find details of certain areas of the garden you will discover as you meander through. Different seasons bring new features to each space creating a dynamic tapestry of colours, textures and scents.

Explore the towering Japanese Cedar on the main lawn

The main lawn

The main lawn is at the heart of the garden with sweeping views around the mixed exotic borders which are at their best in the summer months. Later in the year ginger lilies, dahlias and bananas create a rich tapestry of flower and foliage. The focal point of the lawn is the magnificent Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese red cedar) which was planted in 1898, an extremely long-lived tree that thinks nothing of growing over 1,000 years.

Apples and press in Trelissick orchard

The Cornish orchard

Overlooked by the beautiful water tower, this orchard is yet another peaceful place to enjoy. There's lots of conservation in action here underneath its simple, rustic appearance. Originally planted over 20 years ago, the gardeners aimed to use it to preserve a number of local apple varieties and increase the biodiversity of the garden. They also restored an old apple press to its former glory which has been the centre of attention during our 'Apple Weekend' celebrations in autumn.

View from tennis lawn across the Carrick Roads

The tennis lawn

An open space with incredible views, this is the perfect spot for a picnic . Mind your step where the lawn meets the parkland for the 'ha-ha'. This sunken wall separates the grazed fields from the garden and provides a boundary between the two which doesn't spoil the view like a fence would. A staple feature of landscape gardens, it is so-called for the fact it is unseen and coming across it makes you exclaim 'ha-ha' in surprise and amusement.

Garden area closure

The area of the garden called Carcaddon is closed to visitors until the end of February  due to building work being undertaken on the garden's bridge. This bridge is the only means of accessing this part of the garden hence why this area will not be open to visit. For more information about this project please follow the link below.

Trelissick's new bridge on the morning after its installation

Building Trelissick's bridge

Keep up to date with the project to build the new garden bridge. See the work unfold over the coming weeks as the garden welcomes a beautiful new feature.