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 or on Mediterranean shores.”

View original post | June 2015


  1. pommepal says:

    Nice to go back for another look

    1. Heyjude says:

      Which is something I must do!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I find it fascinating that in your area of England there are so many gardens which seem to have their own microclimate where all sorts of unexpected plants survive.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Cornwall usually avoids frost so lots of tender plants grow happily down here. Of course that means when something like ‘the beast from the east’ comes along there is a lot of damage. I love to find the Southern hemisphere plants.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Another one I missed, so it’s nice to see the gardens. I have been to Penzance many times, but didn’t even know about them.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are set back from the promenade so easily missed unless you are house hunting! There are some lovely town houses surrounding the garden and I still have a desire for one.

  4. kathysharp2013 says:

    Aha! I shall be visiting Penzance in September, so I’ll certainly come and look at this garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t been back for a year, so I hope it is still looking good.

  5. restlessjo says:

    Didn’t really remember this one, in spite of the rhodies. 🙂 🙂 You will be able to help me with my rhodie/azalea debate on next Monday’s post. So this place is a prospect for the future, Jude? But only if you don’t get too attached to the current garden! Things sorting with Ma-in-law? I don’t have time to Whatsapp- on my way out- but you can answer me on there.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Got another rhodie/azalea delight for you on Saturday – which might solve your problem 😀

  6. restlessjo says:

    Got a favourite in the Show Gardens? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love the South African garden and also the LG Eco-City Garden – the yellow and orange planting is so refreshing and different. Welcome to Yorkshire is also very nice. Hard to choose. What about you?

      1. restlessjo says:

        I like the Eco-City one too, and that dusty red, Monet inspired one, by Sarah Harding? Can’t remember what it’s called. 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Sarah Price? The M&G Garden? Very Mediterranean in style and I like that look, sort of what I’d like to achieve, but I have too much rain! I can see how that would appeal to you. I was disappointed with the Spirit of Cornwall. Needs more plants. Which one you voting for then?

        2. restlessjo says:

          Aye that’s the one. Not voting. Just heading back from Cragside. Fabulous day up there. Grey early on, as it has been since Tuesday, but the skies miraculously cleared. In heavy traffic home. Stopped for cake. Bad timing xx

        3. Heyjude says:

          Been glorious here all week, except today when a bit grey. Looks like some thunderstorms forecast for the weekend. I have driven past Cragside, but too late in the day to stop. It looks interesting.

        4. restlessjo says:

          We drove back into flat grey over the coast and I think it will persist tomorrow. 😦 Hopefully better on Saturday because there’s a hot air balloon event on at Durham all weekend. 🙂

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Some great thinking by the council of the time!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hope they are looking after it. The pond and fountain needed work on my last visit.

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