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“Pretty average gardens”

Trengwainton Garden
Ranked #4 of 65 things to do in Penzance
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We must have visited at a bad time because quite honestly there was not an awful lot to see, the kitchen garden needed a lot of attention and many of the beds needed clearing and replanting. Being keen gardeners it was sad to see so much being left to it's own devices,where, with some time and energy things could be so much better. There seemed to be many people whom we assumed to be gardeners milling around but not actually doing much gardening, as I say it may just have been a bad time. There were some interesting tree ferns and plants not native to the UK and the scarecrows were a nice touch for children but a lot of the gardens were past their best and I think a visit during Spring or early Summer would put a different complexion on things and there would be a lot more colour and interest. That said you still pay the same entrance fee whatever the season.
The tea rooms are nice with lovely cakes as always at a NT property.

Thank cymraes191267
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

It's on our doorstep so we visit reulary as members of the NT. But we never get tired of the differing colours that change with the seasons. Lovely walks and views and, of course, fabulous food in the cafe.

1  Thank harrysafari
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

The kitchen garden with its sloping beds and scarecrow competition was interesting to look round. The remainder of the gardens had some impressive tree ferns though was mostly woodland walks. For a fan of herbaceous borders this was therefore not my preferred planting, hence the average score.

Thank JoiedeVivreCotswolds
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Trengwainton is a unique garden, perhaps favoured for the cultivation of exotic trees and shrubs than any other on mainland Britain. The walled garden in particular contains many species which cannot be grown in the open anywhere else in the country. It is an intimate and sensual garden closely linked to the stream which runs through its valley and packed cheek by jowl with wonderful colourful plants making it a pleasure to look at and walk beside.

The garden leads up to a fine terrace with white painted summer houses at each end and with splended views of Mount's Bay and The Lizard.

The Tea room I would recommend they do a lovely coffee frappe and wonderful coffee and walnut cake.

If you like gardens then this is one to visit.

Thank Carol B
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

A visit to Trengwainton was a peaceful break the day after making our way down to Cornwall from London. It is a calm place where you can wander the grounds (although not the house) and wonder at the variety of plants which made their way here by slow boat from the Far East. The 1920s vogue for seeking new plants meant that some plants flowered in Britain for the first time at Trengwainton.
But you don't need to be a horticulturalist to enjoy the shaded walks through giant ferns and, when we visited, a multiplcity of hydrangas. Once you reach the terrace there are views of St Michael's Mount and the sea around to be had. This is a place to sit and be quiet for a while, if you wish. We took in the walled garden and the fascinating kitchen garden (complete with sloping beds to make the best of the sun) on our return walk to the entrance.
As others have said, the restaurant, which is a franchise from the National Trust, is well worth a visit. Sadly, when we called at 2.30pm, much of what was on offer on their boards had gone. "We have days like this," I was told. Still, a Panini salad filled the bill well enough.

Thank Retiredtraveller0071
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