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