Garden State: Tregothnan Garden Tours
Tregothnan meaning “House at the head of the valley ” in Cornish is a rare local treasure combining a working estate utilising traditional skills and craftsmanship with beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an abundance of rare fauna, traditional shrubbery and England’s first and only functioning tea plantation.
In the charming and knowledgeable hands of one of the gardeners you will be whisked off into a journey of history, passion and adventure. Be prepared for a barrage of colour, scents and variety delivered with true enthusiasm from your guide whose knowledge in English and Latin is both infectious and an absolute joy for all garden enthusiasts.
Deep into the gardens you will find some truly rare specimens such as the Wollemia Nobilis or dinosaur tree from Australia the first to be planted in the UK. The unique Tregothnan tea plants amidst some truly commanding views over the adjoining deer park across the Fal valley down to the river Fal, the world’s 3rd deepest mooring ground for ships
The gardens comprise an area of 60 acres separated by walkways each with their own history, views and vantage points conjuring images of a bygone era with names such as Myrtle Avenue, Ladies Walk, Snowdrop Hill and Tree Fern Avenue.
Other notable features include the sunken South American Collection and a true sense of horticultural desire and evolution dating back to 1335 when the residing Boscawen family embarked upon its gardening adventure and subsequent development.
The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and is perfectly suited for families and individuals seeking a fascinating horticultural escape intermingled with historical slices and insights from past to present day.
Having worked up a thirst waiting back at the shop which doubles as the starting point are freshly brewed cups of Tregothnan tea where you will have the chance to digest your experience, ask your guide more questions and pick up some truly unique memento’s to celebrate your visit.