Trengwainton is Cornish for ‘house of springs’ which is a reference to the many small springs that run throughout the garden. It is a plant grower’s dream garden with plants collected from all over the world. In spring it is home to magnificent magnolias and camellias followed by rhododendrons and azaleas, then lush banana plants and soaring echiums. There is also a lovely fuchsia garden with various species although this was badly damaged by the extreme weather this year (2018) and the wonderful walled garden built to the exact measurements of Noah’s Ark. Now this unique and restored kitchen garden is used to grow fruit and vegetables and is home to the annual scarecrow exhibition.
A stream runs alongside the driveway up to the house (private) and through a shady area with ponds to a wide and open terrace with views over Mount’s Bay. In summer you will find large blue agapanthus here. But my recent visit was at the beginning of September and I just wanted to illustrate how colourful a September garden can be.
From Abutilon to Zinnias; exotic banana plants and tree ferns to common sunflowers and lettuces; the humble hydrangea and the fragrant Heliotrope and Hedychium; there was more than enough to keep me and my camera happy for an hour or two.