The garden at Trerice

View of the house from the orchard at Trerice, Cornwall

From the formal Elizabethan knot garden inspired by grand plaster ceilings to the wild meadow and wilderness in the mowhay where wildlife thrive, the garden at Trerice is small but varied.

Knot garden

The design of the knot garden, planted in 2013, was inspired by the decorative, geometric plaster ceiling in the Great Chamber that overlooks the space from the house. Thoughtful planting from the garden team means there’s always something to see in the twisting paths.

From bold red tulips in early spring, the soft smell of lavender (‘Silver Mist’) and the subtle pinks of origanum (‘Herrenhausen’) in the summer through to the tall white ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ roses that are still blooming in autumn.

The knot garden from above

The knot garden

In the winter of 2013, eight hundred young yew trees were planted to map out the intricate design of a new Elizabethan knot garden.

Blue and white border and the long walk

The blue and white border, running parallel to the wall separating the knot garden from the front of the house, features flowers in a variety of colours from white to soft blues and purples. Scilla peruviana and the two purple and white wisteria are one of the garden team's highlights.

The long walk runs along the north wing of the house, giving views of the front court and the house’s detailed gargoyles. Planting along this bed starts to move towards informal cottage planting as the border starts to reflect the simplicity of Calendula, Hollyhocks and Geranium.

The long walk runs parallel to the house with an elevated view of the front court.
Trerice long walk
The long walk runs parallel to the house with an elevated view of the front court.

Kayling lawn and parade ground

The views from the kayling lawn tease the estate that Trerice once was. A vista of sprawling countryside, tucked away from busy nearby Newquay, can be seen from the heights of the kayling lawn where in early spring and late autumn cyclamen blanket the base of trees with pink and white flowers.

The parade ground’s name comes from the time when the Choughs, Newquay’s home guard unit, exercised at Trerice. The wide stretch of lawn is a perfect spot for a picnic or to take in the sun. You can also play Tudor games of slapcock (a predecessor of badminton) and quoits, weather permitting.


The potager contains organic seasonal veggies and herbs grown in a decorative style using a no-dig system and often sends produce to the food and beverage team in the barn restaurant for use in the kitchen. Willow frames for beans and sweet peas rise up from the beds with a wide variety of vegetables planted and picked by the Trerice garden volunteers.

The mowhay

The field that makes up the mowhay was previously part of the property in the early twentieth century and, having been purchased by the National Trust in 2017, is now a space for people to explore in summer months and grazing animals the rest of the year.

An aerial view of the turf labyrinth

The mowhay

Until mid-September explore the mowhay at Trerice and see what wildlife you can spot while travelling through the low-level wild grass paths.