Trelissick Garden in Spring

Following on from our Woodland walk in the Trelissick estate we entered the garden. Although the sun was beginning to fade again behind the hazy clouds and the wind becoming increasingly chilly, we enjoyed a quick walk around the top part of the gardens taking in the wonderful spring blooms that are currently in flower,…

Trelissick Woodland Walk

Trelissick Garden is on the River Fal between Truro and Falmouth. It is a popular place for visitors and locals as there are substantial walks through the surrounding woodland estate and open countryside for dog walkers.  Last Saturday, on hearing that it would be the best day for a while, we decided to pop over…

Summertime Memories

I am sitting on a wooden slatted bench complete with lichens; in the shade today as it is 26.5°C and that’s warm for Cornwall. The wind is sloughing through the trees above and opposite me, pigeons cooing. I have a book with me for a change and I will read in a moment or two, but…

Garden View: Trelissick

We popped over to Trelissick Gardens on a bright autumnal day towards the end of October aiming for a walk down to the beach and around the woodland to enter the garden near to the King Harry ferry crossing. Except when we arrived there was a notice informing us that the ferry  garden entrance was…

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…

Garden View: Trengwainton

Trengwainton is Cornish for ‘house of springs’ which is a reference to the many small springs that run throughout the garden. It is a plant grower’s dream garden with plants collected from all over the world. In spring it is home to magnificent magnolias and camellias followed by rhododendrons and azaleas, then lush banana plants…

Garden View: Bonython Manor Gardens

Bonython is a 20 acre garden I have yearned to visit since moving to Cornwall. Typical of the usual Cornish spring plantings of Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons and Magnolias it then explodes into colour during the summer with hot South African planting reminiscent of the owner’s home country. It is a little out-of-the-way situated on…

Cornish favourites: Penlee Memorial Garden

The parkland surrounding Penlee House in Penzance was initially planted by J.R. Branwell and included many rare species from all around the world. The family were friendly with the Dorien Smiths who still live at Tresco Abbey, on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Apart from the informal and formal gardens, there were also kitchen and flower…

Cornish favourites: Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

“Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.” I’m not going to say much about this place as I think you will enjoy reading my impressions of this garden following my visit in 2015. View…

Cornish favourites: Morrab Gardens

In the heart of Penzance, only a stone’s throw from the sea, lies a secluded garden which has been looked after by the Council since it was bought in 1888. When the park opened in 1889, the Gardeners’ Chronicle wrote: “One of its features is a Palm-grove, where tourists may fancy themselves in the tropics…