Make a Day of It
10:00 – 16:30
March 1st to June 30th
7 days a week
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An historic private Estate boasting one of the loveliest gardens in England. With its magnificent collection of camellias, (One of 39 gardens in the world recognised as an International Camellia society “Garden of Excellence” rhododendrons and magnolias, its wonderful woodland walks and its heritage family home, Trewithen is a rare and unique Cornish gem.
Whether you are a gardening expert, an enthusiastic amateur or someone simply in search of escape and tranquillity, Trewithen’s gardens cannot fail to impress. The 18th Century house opens its doors to the public for guided tours on selected days during the season. Passed down through generations of Philip Hawkins’ descendants, it remains a much cherished family home.
Who owns Trewithen? Is it RHS, National Trust?
The Galsworthy family own Trewithen and live there all year round. The estate has been in continuous family ownership for nearly 300 years, descending by marriage through the Hawkins and Johnstone families.
When is the best time to visit the garden?
The answer is always: ‘Yesterday or tomorrow’. Trewithen is so diverse, has so much to offer and is so changeable in terms of its appearance that every time you come you will see something new that you may have missed last time. Spring is a riot of colour, especially with the early flowering Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias but the interest continues throughout the summer with the wildlife garden, the rose garden and the water garden and in the autumn the gardens are full of glorious leaf and berry colours, especially from Viburnums and Acers.
What does RHS recommended mean?
It means there is limited free entry to RHS members (check with our opening times) and that the gardens are ‘recommended’ because they offer inspiration, are of a high standard of design, maintenance and planting.
Has Trewithen ever featured on film or television?
Trewithen has been used as a location for episodes of the Wycliffe detective series screened on television and also by a German production company filming two short stories by Rosamunde Pilcher.
How many staff work in the gardens?
Trewithen Gardens and parks is managed by Gary Long and his team of 4 full time and 3 part time staff all aided by a small group of volunteers.