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Trengwainton Garden, Penzance

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Trengwainton is a country house and garden situated in Madron, near Penzance, Cornwall, England, UK, which has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1961. The garden is noted for its collection of exotic trees and shrubs and offers views over Mount's Bay and The Lizard.
A dwelling has been on the site since at least the 16th century and was altered and extented in the 18th and 19th centuries. The house is a grade II listed building. The walled garden, which was built in Elizabethan times, seems to have been constructed as a response to the period of persistently cooler weather known as the Maunder Minimum. The wall prevented warm air from escaping from the garden on cool nights, thereby allowing frost-sensitive fruit trees to survive, despite the cooling climate.
In 1814 the estate was bought by Rose Price the son of a Jamaican sugar plantation owner. Trengwainton was sold following the loss of income resulting in the 1833 Emancipation Act which freed slaves on the family’s Worthy Estate in Jamaica. In 1867 the property was bought by T S Bolitho and was extended with several rooms in 1880; the family still live in Trengwainton House. Rose Price planted trees and built the walled gardens, which are said to be based on the dimensions of Noah’s Ark, and in 1925 Sir Edward Bolitho and his head gardener Alfred Creek continued the development of the garden. They were opened to the public, for the first time, in 1931. The Victoria Medal of Honour for Horticulture was awarded to Sir Edward in 1961 and in the same year he donated 98 acres to the National Trust.
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  • We really enjoyed this property - a one way woodland walk through a sea of rhododendrons into open expanse with coastal views and then back along a stream with spring flowers all in bloom - a sight.....  more »
  • We followed the walk in alphabetical order-about 3 miles in total. Lovely grounds with lots of unusual plants and some lovely views.  more »
  • What can one say......whenever we visit we are NEVER disappointed. The restaurant is light and airy and spotless. It is always busy both inside and in the garden area where one can eat and enjoy the garden, where it has facilities for children to eat and sit on the grass. The food is excellent, always fresh and tasty with something to please everyone. Well done Nicky, always a pleasure to visit and see you and enjoy your staffs friendly manner and yummy food.
  • Beautiful gardens full of colourful flowers and a lovely walk around with so many things to see and trees for children to play around. There was a den building session along with a number of games that child could play. The restaurant served a lovely meal at a good price. It's all round a lovely day out and for those who are members and those who just want a day out well worth a day trip.
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