Trebah Garden, just South of Falmouth, is a magnificent sub-tropical garden well worth a visit
Trebah is about a 55 minute drive South from Butterwell and would be great to visit in combination with some other destinations in the South East. Spring was a wonderful time to visit with 100-year old rhododendrons in bloom and also magnolias and camellias.
Trebah is dog friendly and we also managed to negotiate most of the paths with the buggy – but it was heavy going in parts.
At the entrance they give you information about what’s looking good in the garden that month and what to look out for. As well as a fantastic map and other interesting historical information.
There is so much to see in the garden. Jack thought the walk through the “bamboozle” was brilliant – home to 39 varieties of bamboo. The Gunnera passage featuring a giant rhubarb plant tunnel is fascinating to young and old. It’s quite a long winding path down to the bottom of the garden with stunning views along the way. At the bottom you are rewarded with a magnificent view back up over the large ponds, through tunnels of foliage towards the main house, and finally a stunning, secluded, private beach on the Helford Estuary.
Trebah has some fascinating history. Records of Trebah date back to the Doomsday survey of 1085 and during WW2 the beach was used as an embarkation point for a regiment of 7,500 of the 29th US Infantry Division for the assault landing on Omaha beach. There is a plaque to commemorate this at the entrance to the beach.
We spent quite a while on the beach and enjoyed an ice cream whilst mustering up the energy to hike back up to the main house. There are numerous paths and avenues to explore and you could easily spend half a day to a day here whilst also taking in the restaurants and shops. They have some dramatic childrens play areas build into the trees and the landscape – Jack mostly just observed the big kids at play!
Needless to say we made some plant purchases in the excellent accompanying shop – bringing a little of Trebah back to Butterwell.
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