Runs for 53 weeks from the 1st of January 2007 to the 31st of December 2007
Enjoy a relaxing and restorative experience in this 35-acre Victorian garden. A true hidden gem nestled in a valley just three miles from Helston, this horticultural hotspot has only been open to the public since 1998. When the Bickford-Smith family took over the house in the 1870s they developed the planting with many unusual species being brought back from worldwide plant-hunting missions. Stretch your horticultural knowledge and see if you can name some of the mysterious shrubs and trees that remain unidentified due to the loss of the original documentation. This historical garden is home to a beautiful Victorian boathouse that sits on the tranquil lake, but it also boasts many more features from the past such as a century-old Yew tunnel. However, the jewel in its historical crown is its fascinating National Museum of Gardening. Those of you with a nose for history and horticulture can build up on your knowledge of all things green, whilst finding some incredible relics and antiques from centuries spanning the culture of gardening. Even young imaginations will be captivated by the intriguing museum, but there is much more on offer that makes Trevarno a family friendly garden. From mid-April to May let the kids roam through the beautiful carpets of bluebells, or let them hunt for insects and play hide and seek in over 70-acres of woodland (that is if you really want to lose them for a while!). As if the scents from the garden aren't enough, there is as potent whiff of lavender rising from the courtyard, where you'll find the organic soap and skincare workshop. Here you will find even more history in the Vintage Soap Collection - a display of old soap, toy washing machines and washboards of yesteryear. With work being undertaken on the pinery and vinery, and development soon to begin on the lower walled garden, this magnificent horticultural paradise looks set to become even more enticing in the future.
Adults £5.75, children 6-16 £2.10, under 5s free, seniors £4.90, disabled £3.00, family ticket £13, pre-arranged parties £4.45pp
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Every day 10.30 ? 17.00 (except 25th and 26th December)
Directions:Leave Helston on the Penzance Road signposted B3302 junction, take the B3303 signed Camborne.
Trevarno is signposted at the northern end of the Crowntown Village.
from the A30 at the St Ives (A3074) roundabout take the B3301 in to Hayle. In the centre of Hayle take the B3302 towards Leedstown and Helston. At the B3303 turning towards Crowntown turn left in to Crowntown and soon after the village turn right towards the garden.