The garden at Trengwainton

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Trengwainton is a garden of contrasts with winding wooded paths that open onto wide grassy lawns and sea views. It’s celebrated for the collection of award-winning rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias that sit within the 25 acres, some of which flowered here for the first time in Britain.

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On a clear day the view from the Terrace at the top of the garden stretches across 25 miles of Mount’s Bay to the Lizard peninsula beyond. To reach it, you can either choose the shady path of the tree-lined Long Walk or make the most of any sun on the carriage drive which opens onto a colourful stream border and meadows.

In the lower half of the garden there are 10 sections of walled gardens, five of which are crammed with tender exotic plants from around the world and five are a kitchen garden with unique sloping beds.

One translation for Trengwainton is Home of Springs and water is certainly a feature here with two ponds and a gentle stream running through the centre of the garden. There are also two giant tree fern glades which give a Jurassic jungle feel as their huge fronds tower overhead.

What’s in season?

It's currently the season for rhododendrons and the stream garden is also bursting with colour from the candelabra primulas, irises and arum lilies.

Things to do

The garden is half a mile long and on a steady incline, so whether you choose a gentle stroll or a brisk walk, it’s a great place to stretch your legs. You can bring along your four-legged friend too as dogs on leads are very welcome. We’ve more information about bringing your dog in this link.

If you’re looking for somewhere to lay down a rug and have a picnic, the orchard can be a lovely sunny spot, along with the Terrace at the top of the garden, or half way up the carriage drive there’s the dappled shade of the Royal Meadow, complete with fairy-tale Edwardian summer house.

During school holidays we have seasonal family trails and activities, including some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ such as cloud watching, spotting what’s in a pond and bird watching.

If you’re looking for somewhere to sit quietly without the distraction of electronic devices, we’ve partnered with the national Silent Space charity and have set aside two areas in the garden for quiet contemplation.