Autumn in the garden

Acers in Trelissick garden changing colour during autumn

Vibrant colours are often associated with spring and summer blooms. However autumn brings its own hues as the canopies become enriched with warm and earthy colours. One by one each deciduous tree is swathed in these tones. Changing at different paces, together they create a living mosaic of greens, yellows, oranges and reds.

Autumn in the garden

The end of the summer is often bittersweet. What is lost with the gorgeous flowers retreating for another year is gained with a healthy harvest of apples from the orchard. This is also perfect time of year to admire the acers which provide a gorgeous spectacle of amber and magenta blending into one another. 

The gardens are the perfect environment for exploration and wild play. All ages find themselves captivated by the garden's beauty, whether it's admiring the gorgeous plantings or spotting the creatures who call them home. Let yourself become immersed in the garden's atmosphere of tranquility.

These are just a few of the lovely areas you will come across in the garden.

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.

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.

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.

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