The walled kitchen garden
Here fruit and vegetables are cultivated using organic principles such as feeding the soil with manure, compost or seaweed and choosing strong growing varieties that are more resistant to disease. Companion planting with flowers is also used, which encourages beneficial insects, and makes for great photo opportunities. Sloping beds characterise these gardens and they’re gradually being brought back into production.
In the community section of the kitchen garden, space is made available for local schools, colleges and community groups to grow their own produce and learn gardening techniques with the help of the garden team. Parents have testified that their children previously refused to eat any vegetables until they grew their own at Trengwainton.
Eating the fruits of our labours
With all the talk of ‘food miles,' the talk here is one of ‘food metres’ instead when eating at Trengwainton’s tea-room. Throughout the year, seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs are often incorporated into the dishes and are picked fresh from the kitchen garden.
Shelter from the storm
The five sections of the lower walled garden contain trees, plants and tender exotics from all four corners of the globe. The mild West Cornwall climate and the shelter provided by the brick walls provide such a protective environment that it’s rare for many of these species to survive outdoors anywhere else.
Of all the hundreds of different plants here, surely the most spectacular when it flowers is the magnolia. Imagine big waxy petals in shades of pink, white and magenta with no leaves to dilute the colours, set against blue skies - magical.
The lower walled garden contains a Magnolia campbellii that towers over 20 metres in height and was planted as a five year old 1926. There’s also a Magnolia x veitchii ‘Peter Veitch’ of a similar height. Visit in March to catch their short, but spectacular display.