Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is an unusual Cornish garden because there is no big house. Prior to 1295 the land was owned by the monks of St Michael’s Mount and then bought as a tenant farm by Michael De Tremenheere. Since then the land has been used as a vineyard and also to grow strawberries. The last Tremenheere on the land was Seymour who planted the Beech, the Oak, the Sweet Chestnut and Holly throughout the woods in approximately 1830. As well as the tree planting, he created a carriage way which zigzagged its way up the hill to his summer retreat. In 1997 Dr. Neil Armstrong took over the land and began the process of creating a garden. Shelter breaks of Pinus radiata, Quercus ilex and other native trees have established themselves and the more open areas have been planted with more exotic sub-tropical plants, blending elements of the landscape and art to provide a naturalistic space that, unlike most Cornish gardens, has an all year round interest.
An unassuming track leads you into the garden where a mature woodland and free flowing stream runs through the bottom of the valley. Walking through here in spring you notice how lush and green it is. Tall Ostrich ferns or Shuttlecock ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) with purple foxgloves and young tree ferns give you the feeling of climbing through a rain forest.
A pretty creeping saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera ) enjoys the damp shade, sending out plumes of dainty white feathery flowers and spilling over the wooden steps.
As you come out of the mature woodland and onto the the open terraces the planting changes completely and it feels as though you have been transported to South Africa.
The garden pagoda is decorated in white bunting and set for a romantic drink for newlyweds, though my husband takes the opportunity of sitting down for a 70th birthday photo. We don’t linger long as we have a particular seat in mind with a view over to the steeply wooded mound on St Michael’s Mount seen in the hazy distance below.
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