Spring in the garden
The garden is alive with bright spring colours, and the flowers and shrubs are blooming with the warmer weather.
Spring in the garden
Signs that spring is well underway are everywhere in the garden; bluebells are nodding in the sunshine, and the trees are verdant with lush new growth.
Late Rhododendrons and apple blossom are flowering as the garden showcases its spring colours. Birdsong and the humming of insects provide a spring soundtrack to the garden.
History of the garden
The garden as you see it today has evolved from the 1930s. Each subsequent owner has added an interesting layer resulting in a relatively modern feel with references to the past reflected in the garden.
Walls of stone and Victorian brick add structure and little wooden summerhouses provide a place in which to relax.
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 in Japan thinks nothing of growing over 1,000 years.
The Tennis Court
The Tennis Court lawn is surrounded with hardy perennials and shrubs, mainly from the Southern hemisphere to cope with the prevailing south west winds. Subtle plantings don’t distract from the stunning views of river Fal.
Jack Lilly’s Summerhouse
Overlooking the river, it was built to commemorate Jack Lilly, Head Gardener from the 1950s until the 1980s.
Directly below the summerhouse is a modern mussel farm fishery. Oyster fishing still takes place in the Fal and working boats can often be seen in warmer months.
Celtic Cross Paths
This part of the garden provides a fascinating Himalayan walk. Asiatic species of rhododendron, magnolia and acer show of the topography of the site and create a plantsman’s paradise, resembling a Himalayan temperate forest, the inspiration of many great Cornish gardens.
The Dell is traditionally where the shade loving plants such as camellias and Himalayan species of rhododendron were planted. Bamboo, conifers and palms add to the jungle-like atmosphere for which Cornwall is renowned.
The orchard was planted 20 years ago to replicate the original Trelissick Orchard, a romantic recreation of a farm orchard with large old apple trees and a wild flower meadow. There are over 70 varieties of old Cornish apples, amongst them ‘Pigs Snout’ and ‘Cornish Mother’.