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Madron, Penzance,
Cornwall, TR20 8RZ

01736 363148

01736 367762


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

15th Feb - 1 Nov 10:30 - 5 (tea room open 10), Sun - Thurs Open Good Fri. last admission 30 mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes

15th Feb - 1 Nov 10:30 - 5 (tea room open 10), Sun - Thurs Open Good Fri. last admission 30 mins before closing

Group Appointment: Yes

Viewing outside normal opening for pre-booked groups numbering 20+ only

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Feb/Mar April/May June/July Sept/Oct

To see:

Magnolias, camellias, snowdrops Rhododendrons Stream border with candelabra primulas Walled Kitchen Garden

Admission Prices

Adult £8, child £4, family (2 adults + 3 children) £20, family (1 adult) £12

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Disabled access to 75% of the gardens. Cadbury Easter Egg Trail 3, 5, 6 April, Hurrah for the Home Front (WW2 Living History Day) 14 June, Play Day 5 August, Family Den Building 19 August, Heritage Open Day 13 Sept, Pumpkin Fun Day 25 Oct

Garden Features & Events

Sheltered garden with an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs, including a large collection of Camellias and Rhododendrons. A picturesque stream leads up to a terrace with stunning views of Mounts Bay. Walled kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah's ark. Dogs welcome throughout the garden.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

Sportsman's Arms, Heamoor

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

St Michael's Mount (National Trust)

Description of Garden

Enjoying the mildest climate in Britain, Trengwainton, House of the Spring, has a magnificent collection of exotic plants and shrubs giving almost the feel of a sub-tropical garden. Ferns, palms, rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and azaleas grow in a profusion of greenery and colours with many rare and tender plants collected from Tasmania, Australia, China, Chile, New Zealand and California to surprise and delight both the expert plantsman and ordinary gardener.

Parts of the garden have a jungle-like atmosphere, whereas others, especially by the numerous streams fed by the high annual rainfall, contain plants that thrive in more open areas, such as bamboo and grasses as well as a good variety of bog plants that grow by the stream near the drive. The National Trust is continually testing new species for hardiness at Trengwainton so there will doubtless be more wonderful surprises in store for visitors in the future.

History Of Garden

Sir Rose Price, a Jamaican sugar planter, first laid out the garden in the early 19th century. In about 1820 he built the series of small walled compartments near the entrance lodge to grow vegetables in raised brick beds, angled towards the winter sun. Although it is known that similar beds were built in other gardens, these at Trengwainton are believed to be the only survivors. The Bolitho family bought the property in 1867, but the exotic transfers to the garden only began when Lt. Col. Edward Bolitho inherited the garden in 1925, because, as one of the sponsors of Frank Kingdon-Ward's plant-hunting expedition to Assam and the Mishmi Hills in Burma in 1927-8, he acquired many choice specimens, some of which flowered here for the first time in the British Isles.

The terrace at the top of the garden faces south-east with wonderful views across the sea to the Lizard peninsula.