The garden at Trerice

Bluebells in front of the house at Trerice

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 orchard surrounding the knot garden comes to life in early spring as a variety of daffodils bloom bright yellow from February to early April including the early Welsh native ‘Tenby’ and the late flowering ‘Pheasants Eye’.

Another variety of daffodil in the garden is the mid-spring flowering Dutch 'Van Sion', this historic flower is not quite as old as the house at Trerice but not far off. Registered in 1620, nearly 50 years after the house was built, it grows on the kayling lawn overlooking the house and wider estate.

Pheasant's eye daffodil
Pheasant's eye daffodil
Pheasant's eye daffodil

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.

Enjoy 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.

Kayling lawn and parade ground

Cyclamen (Cyclamen coum) are one of the first splashes of colour to grace the Trerice garden each year, sometimes even before the snowdrops. Mainly found on the kayling lawn the perennial form a blanket at the base of trees with pink and white flowers and are a welcome sight on a frosty morning.

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.

More bright daffodils shine on the bank between the kayling lawn and the long walk, these are then replaced in late spring with the soft blues of a scattering of bluebells.

Early signs of spring on the kayling lawn
Snowdrops and cyclamen on the kayling lawn at Trerice
Early signs of spring on the kayling lawn

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 summer 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 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 a home for grazing animals the rest of the year.

White Wisteria floribunda macrobotrys in front of the house at Trerice

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