|Madron, near Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ|
|Two car parks plus separate mobility parking available close to café and 100 yards from garden entrance. Drop-off point available near reception.|
A sheltered garden that’s nestled between the moors and the sea and nurtures an award-winning plant collection. Winding wooded paths climb to an open, grassy terrace with sea views across Mount’s Bay.
A gentle stream runs through the centre and the carriage drive is bordered by colourful streamside planting and meadows.
Ten sections of walled gardens each have their own unique character, including the kitchen garden built in 1815 to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark.
There’s a café, gift shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.
When the Bolitho family donated Trengwainton Garden to the National Trust in 1961, it was the significance of the plant collection that made it so special.
Some of the rhododendrons you see at Trengwainton were largely grown from seed gathered in north-east Assam and upper Burma by Frank Kingdon-Ward on his 1927-8 expedition.
Thanks to his passion and bravery, plants that started life on the side of a hill in the Far East, now have their home in the far south-west of Cornwall.
A regular bus service stops right outside the garden gates.