Garden View: Trengwainton

Trengwainton is my closest National Trust garden, though St Michael’s Mount and Godolphin are pretty close too. They are all very different gardens and I try to visit each one a couple of times a year, usually spring and autumn. Summer is best avoided, especially St Michael’s Mount which attracts a lot of coaches.

Trengwainton closes at the end of October so I figured a last visit on a sunny autumn day was required although I knew that the kitchen garden would be somewhat coming to an end now. In August I went to see the scarecrow exhibition which is held annually, and was not disappointed. But this time I headed up to the Terrace for a view over Mount’s Bay and then wandered slowly back to the entrance along the winding, wooded trails and via the Walled Gardens.

West Penwith is not a region with many trees so it is nice to come to a garden where there is a variety of species and autumn colour. This garden is perhaps the best for exotic trees and shrubs and tree ferns.

From the terrace you get views over Mount’s Bay and towards the Lizard. There are several benches from where you can relax and take in the view.

There are also two Arbors at each end of the terrace where you can sit in the shade if needed and one of these has been designated as a “quiet zone” where people are invited to switch off their phones and write down their impressions of the place.

Outside the Walled Kitchen Garden several more tropical plants are found. Bananas, Nerines, hot coloured Salvias, Canna lilies, Abutilon ‘Canary Bird‘ and ‘Wisley Red‘ and the fabulously attractive Fascicularia bicolor.

Don’t forget to stop off at the independently run tea room either before or after your walk for some lovely edible delights, often created from the produce of the kitchen garden.  There are a surprising number of flowers still to be seen in the pretty walled garden where the tea room is located, which is outside the garden entrance and close to the car park. Fuchsias, Begonias, Hydrangea, hardy Geraniums and autumn flowering Camellias can be seen around here.

  • Postcode: TR20 8RZ
  • City: Penzance
  • County: Cornwall
  • Website: Trengwainton
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60 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Seems like a heavenly place to visit. Absolutely lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing the details of the gardens.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are very welcome. It’s not a ‘flower’ garden but trees and shrubs mainly and being in Cornwall spring is the time to visit.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Looks pretty near perfect, Jude. If ever my Monday walks are up and running again it’d be there 😃😃 xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hesitated about putting a link in, but figured you have enough to do at the moment than blog. I do hope you get the internet issue sorted out though as I MISS you!! And have a lovely birthday wonderful lady and I promise not to breathe a word about your age…

      1. restlessjo says:

        That’s kind of you! 😃🍷💕 The man from MEO is arriving at 5 to sort TV and Internet. I’m sitting in the sun waiting for Lisa to get ready. Wine tasting later. It’s a hard life 😕

        1. Heyjude says:

          Hope the cough/cold has evaporated long enough for you to enjoy the wine. I always find I can’t bear wine when I’m ill, it always tastes funny. And YAY for the man from MEO whoever they may be. Everything going to plan on the house sale?

        2. restlessjo says:

          Struggling with chest and cold sore but I’m ok. The youngsters mortgage is through but no date as yet ☺

        3. Heyjude says:

          Oh well that’s good – always a worry that the mortgage company mess things up.

        4. restlessjo says:

          The man from MEO is back, with an assistant. We may get no supper tonight. But hopefully much better Internet 🙂 🙂 Hardly matters now cos we’re home tomorrow but it’s one less thing to do when we come back. All ok with you?

        5. Heyjude says:

          Bored! Been raining all week and very windy so I haven’t been out at all. Conservatory leaking again 😦 D away in Shropshire so no-one to talk to. And laptop dying again 😦 Apart from all that I’m good! Nice time with the family?

        6. restlessjo says:

          What a whinge! Yes, good times, thanks and we now have high speed Internet. I thought they’d never go home! Just popping over to Marie for an hour to say our farewell then I’ll be back to play 😃😃 xx

        7. Heyjude says:

          High speed internet! Posh! We are lucky to get a connection 🙂

        8. restlessjo says:

          I know that feeling. Just polishing off the last of the icecream so we can turn the freezer off in the morning. 🙂 🙂

        9. Heyjude says:

          A tough job, but I guess someone has to do it 😀

        10. restlessjo says:

          Forest fruits? 🙂 🙂 I’d be naughty and have a Pedro Ximenez sherry too but we’ve just drank a bottle of red at Marie’s.

        11. Heyjude says:

          You are living the high life!

        12. restlessjo says:

          In foggy drizzly Leeds? 😕 Got to wait till 5.30 to get our car back then racing home to Girls Night 😃🍷💕

        13. BeckyB says:

          Wine tasting on a sunny day sounds perfect treatment for a chest infection and cold sore. Take care Jo, you’ve got a busy week ahead xx

      2. Sue says:

        I miss Jo’s presence too….lots.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Yeh, there is no-one quite like our Jo for poking her nose in to conversations or insulting us (if you read this Jo, you know I am only joking heehee ) and with Meg gone too… 😦

        2. Sue says:

          😥 make sure you stick around, Jude!

        3. Heyjude says:

          Well, I am trying to cut back on the blogs, but whilst I am still getting out and taking photographs I can’t see me stopping. It is my main hobby really. Other than the garden and reading.

  3. pommepal says:

    I like the idea of turning off the phone and writing down your thoughts and feelings, a lovely colourful post Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      I had a quick look through the book, nice that so many children wrote in it. I on the other hand didn’t have a phone on me to switch off!

      1. pommepal says:

        Pleased to hear some children were encouraged to turn off phones, I think most kids have phones these days

        1. Heyjude says:

          Unfortunately they do, from a very early age too. I really can’t understand why they need one until they reach secondary school, and even then I question it.

        2. pommepal says:

          Agreed, I’ve seen mothers handing babies in the pram their phone to play with…

        3. Heyjude says:

          And I see mothers talking into their phones whilst pushing their babies and totally ignoring them! I remember pushing my babies around and constantly talking to them pointing out things as we passed by. Singing to them as tiny babies.

        4. pommepal says:

          Technology has totally changed the world.

  4. beetleypete says:

    I have been to Penzance quite a few times, but never diverted to those gardens. Maybe next time? 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Next time I’ll take you there 🙂

  5. bushboy says:

    Wonderful. Would the quiet area for writing impressions be allowed interpretive dance?

    1. Heyjude says:

      As long as you switch off your phone 😉

      1. bushboy says:

        Will do. Dance to the music in my heart

        1. Heyjude says:

          You are funny 😀 😀

  6. Ali says:

    I love your photo montages, Jude. There is so much colour still.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I was surprised to find the exotics outside the walled garden. Inside the dahlias remained but practically everything else had been cleared or finished flowering. If only I had a nice sheltered corner in MY garden.

  7. Sue says:

    Lovely, peaceful place…thanks for the Virtual views

  8. Sue says:

    One, and glad you put in the ‘Earth, sea, sky’ notes from a garden visitor…short, but very apt

  9. Gorgeous place Jude, I can see why you visit often!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well actually we don’t visit that often! For some reason since living here we hardly go anywhere – I suppose because it is on the doorstep and we can go at any time. A nice place for a walk though and the OH likes it because there are no steep cliffs!!

      1. Hmm, it’s a bit like me and the beach here and Kalk Bay and so many other treasures. I do manage to get to Simonstown fairly often but it’s so easy to get bogged down by chores and the likes.

  10. BeckyB says:

    Beautiful . . . . just the view and garden I’d like when I move. If only I had more than a penny in my purse!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You’d need deep pockets to afford a house like this one!

      1. BeckyB says:

        Guess it’s not to be then!!!

  11. Even in autumn, there is so much colour in English gardens and it is all still so beautifully green. You really did have a glorious view from there, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s always pretty green in Cornwall Carol 🙂

  12. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful photos Jude. I really like the idea of a silent space — and a chance to write one’s thoughts. I’ve seen a few cafes recently that request people turn off their phones, and I hope this is the beginning of something that takes hold. 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      Like the quiet carriages on trains, only sometimes people ‘forget’ to switch their phones off.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        Grrr. The Big T is very good at “reminding” people to get off their phones in supposed quiet spaces. He can look quite intimidating when required 😀

  13. Thank you for taking me along to view such beauties…

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are very welcome.

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    Your nature images are terrific, Jude. Love the story you’ve told with them and your narrative of this special garden. I love the spot encouraging people to put down their cell phones and “be in the moment”. How rare these days.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The NT are hell bent on attracting a younger generation – soon all their volunteers will be disappearing!

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    You’re gadding about quite a bit Jude, making the most of autumn 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haven’t been anywhere this week – it has been so wet and windy up here! Getting quite fed up of it and more to come it seems 😦

  16. I love all your visual tours round these beautiful properties and their gardens – such a stunning array of colours. The autumnal colour palette is so attractive. Sounds like the weather may have broken since your visit here – hope you are not being blown away by gales and rain!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s been rough this past week Rosemary, but today is sunny though still windy. Good to see some blue again though.

      1. I guess it’s late autumn so to be expected but hope the blue skies stay around for a while 😃

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