Thursday, 7 May 2015

Trebah Gardens, Cornwall

Trebah-gardens-bridge Back to Cornwall again. Soothing my post holiday blues by revisiting places through my pictures. Trebah Gardens, near Falmouth, is a beautiful wooded valley with colourful flowering rhododendrons and azalea like paint splashes as you walk your way down to the secluded beach nestled at the end of the walk.pink-rhododendron
Trebah-rhododendrons The beach is significant as this is where 7500 men from the US Infantry Division left in June 1944 for Normandy as part of the D-Day Landings. The beach had been concreted over for this and it's hard to believe what these men went through - watch Saving Private Ryan.

History was everywhere I looked in Cornwall. I had a real fact finding mission and have come back with so many questions to ask and books to read.

There's a cute cafe boathouse on the beach so we sat with a drink and skimmed pebbles across the sea. The cafe will even loan you a blanket to sit on and a bucket n' spade.

Plenty to learn here too about marine conservation in the area.
Trebah Beach History Cornwall-Gardens The garden is so lush and as well as the Hydrangea Valley, there is a cascading water garden, Koi pool and a fun area called the Bamboozle where you weave in and out of tall bamboo across little bridges and trickling streams. All very sensory and planned so effectively. The garden was founded in 1838 where many exotic specimens were brought it and then so it all developed.green fresh plants Ice creams and blue flowers pink rhododendron  Magenta-pink-rhododendronDogs are allowed in the garden so our two hairy trouble causers enjoyed sniffing around and meeting new wet noses. Through huge gunnera leaf passages and dramatic Chusan Palms, all very sub tropical and quite different to gardens we usually look around. Normally I'm a herbaceous border explorer.Trebah-Bamboozle seed-head The water garden has been designed around a natural spring, with several pools as you walk along the cascades, planted up with Arum lilies and yellow Skunk Cabbage which is a lot prettier than what it sounds. Trebah Garden water features wall-plants Pretty succulents caught my eye and then it was onto Tarzan's Camp for some play. It's a great place for a family day out and the best bit, a gorgeous little garden centre on the way out where you can buy plants you have seen in the gardens. When you get your tickets, you also receive information on what is looking good in the garden for that month which I thought was a really nice touch.pretty-succulents succulent The carefully crafted view back down the valley just as a boat was passing by. Trebah-garden-view
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31 comments:

Stephanie Robinson said...

It's a great garden isn't it? It looks as if we've visited many of the same places on our Cornish trips, such a lovely place and that view... you'd totally want to build something to get that view everyday! #hdygg

Mammasaurus said...

Oh I so wish I'd visited there when we were in Cornwall - I can see I'm going to have to take the family back there in the Summer holidays. Hydrangea Valley sounds like the best place on earth to me - and I adore that ice-cream sign.
I want to crawl inside the computer and pop out there now!
When we came back from Normandy the kids were full of questions and wanted to find out more about the history. Nice when they get inspired to learn naturally as opposed to being classroom taught it all.
Thanks for joining in again lovely, next week it’s hosted at Gemma Garners blog as I’m away on my hols (there's a link to her blog in my post) x

Anca said...

Stunning pictures, as always x

lilmuselily said...

hat a beautiful and dreamy place. great shots!

OneDad3Girls said...

So beautiful, it's one of those places that we keep meaning to visit when in Cornwall but somehow keep missing it

Gemma Garner said...

The colour of those rhododendrons is looooovely! I'm rather partial to a Roskillys mint choc chip cone, yum. Looking out to sea at that view with an ice cream in one hand would be great...

Kriss MacDonald said...

Oh gosh this would be the perfect place for my family to visit. I just want to stroll leisurely around those gardens (although I wont breathe in when I pass the stinky Skunk cabbage :) ) and I can then just hear my husband explaining the history of the beach to the kids. Beautiful pictures.

Katie R said...

Oooh lovely! Weaving in and out of Bamboo sounds delightful!

Kara said...

Never heard that legend before but you were very lucky to spot one and get a picture

Michelle Ordever said...

What an absolutely gorgeous place to visit, another reason to get to Cornwall one day. I love your photographs, they are beautiful x

Twinsplustwo said...

What beautiful gardens - and I love the history that goes with the location too. A great place to visit.

Sarah Ebner said...

These pictures are absolutely beautiful and Trebah sounds like a place we would really enjoy visiting too (and it has the historical aspect too, which makes it very moving)

Catherine Hughes said...

Ohhhh this is my kind of place! I love how there's a bit of everything here - sea, tropical plants, rhododendrons, history. We've never explored Cornwall but it's been on my list for ages, we're off to North Devon this summer so I may have to plan a bit of a detour....

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

Your photos are gorgeous - I'd love to visit x x

Sarah Bailey said...

Wow what a stunning looking place, Cornwall has so many treasures to explore.

Gretta Schifano said...

What a lovely place. I didn't realise that soldiers sailed from Cornwall for the D-Day landings, how interesting.

Jen Walshaw said...

I love that cornwall has its own microclimate. It is so beautiful, but so far away or us to visit

Caroline - My Family Ties said...

How lovely, your photos are just so stunning and it looks like a great place to visit :)

Clare Nicholas said...

What beautiful pictures. A lovely place to visit

Thou Shalt Not Covet said...

I love all the flowers, what a beautiful place xx

Mama Syder said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful! I love the bamboo path, it looks so exotic x

LucyDorrington said...

I forget how historical Cornwall is. I really must pay more attention next time I visit!

Kara said...

What a simply stunning place to visit. I have been to Cornwall alot but no heard of it before

Helen said...

What a lovely place to visit - those hot pink flowers are gorgeous!

Claire Toplis said...

Brest taking pictures I've always loved Cornwall

Globalmouse said...

What a sweet little bird - I love Pendennis Castle - so wild and atmospheric.

Globalmouse said...

Wow what a beautiful place. We love our trips to Cornwall but have never come across Trebah - I'm adding it to the list now....I need to see those flowers!

emmaand3 said...

what a beautiful place, full of colour and vibrancy.

sonya said...

SUch gorgeous pics - we love exploring gardens like this - I take pics and my littlest has adventures looking for imaginary dinosaurs!

Agata @BarkTime said...

What a lovely bird. i wish we had more birds visiting us in our garden but my cats scare them off :-(

Ickle Pickle said...

We love birds.....so, unfortunately do our cats :( Lovely photos. Kaz & Ickle Pickle x

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