Cornwall LivingIssue #97

Historic horticulture

Trevince Estate Gardens are open again and ready to welcome you in with beautiful displays of spring flowers.

Trevince Estate Gardens opened for the season on Mother’s Day after a fantastic first season last year. The beautiful and historic gardens have been in the same family since the 1280s and are a perfect day out for families, plant lovers and curious souls alike. The restored greenhouse is bursting with lemons and as spring arrives, the garden comes exuberantly back to life. Open from 22nd March until 29th September on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10am to 4pm, the gardens and café are well worth a visit!

Take some time to sit and relax, enjoying some of the delightful hidden surprises”

The wonderful woodland walk is dotted with many Rhododendrons, Camellias and magnolias. The new growth of the tree ferns that fringe the lower path is reflected in the lime green tips of the conifers as they awaken to the vitality of the season. Take some time to sit and relax, enjoying some of the delightful hidden surprises like the twig-built Nest. The bluebells have broken ground and will soon be in full flower.

Easter is the time of year when the atmospheric walled kitchen garden is filled with apple and pear blossom, soon swelling into embryo fruit. The first shoots of the productive vegetable garden are developing into larger plants and the harvest of rhubarb has begun. The cutting garden is also coming back to life with tulips blooming and paeonies budding. A mass of Amaryllis belladonna leaf is a sign of the wonderful show to come later in the year.

In the tranquil Pond Garden, Easter time is when the handkerchief tree starts to flower, and the tree heather is a hive of activity with hundreds of pollinating insects. Try and spot one of the 17 species of dragonfly recorded there last year, then finish your wanderings with a light lunch or a hot drink and a delicious cake in the Cart Shed Café.

Join garden volunteers on Wednesdays for fresh air, friendship and fun; or Trevince creative workshops are a great way to get inspired and learn new skills. Perhaps try your hand at willow work or creating beautiful flowers from paper or glass. For full details of the day courses available be sure to visit the website, and don’t forget the Opera on a Summer’s evening on July 19th.



Garden entry is £6 for adults, £5 for concessions. Children under 16 free. Private group tours (minimum of 12 people) available by prior arrangement. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.



01209 822725

"Take some time to sit and relax, enjoying some of the delightful hidden surprises"