OS grid reference - SW767273
Stunning Trebah Garden is pleasantly situated around 4 miles to the south west of the town of Falmouth and covers about 26 acres. The name derives from the Cornish Tre Worabo, which means Gorabo's farm.
The garden is a tropical paradise and boasts a stunning coastal backdrop, it was owned in early Victorian times by the Fox family who owned nearby Glendurgan.
Trebah Garden was the creation of Charles Fox, part of the Fox family of Falmouth whose influence on Cornish gardens is well documented to the second world war, where Trebah's beach was an embarkation point for the 29th US Infantry Division destined for the assault landing on Omaha beach.
A Quaker polymath of immense creative energy he paid meticulous attention to the exact positioning of every tree. His son-in-law, Edmund Backhouse, M.P. for Darlington, took the work further. The Garden was neglected for many years and is now being restored with the aid of the National Trust.
The garden occupies a hillside which descends to a private beach on the River Helford and is is open to visitors. Winding paths descend through colourful rhododendrons and sub tropical plants. In all there are over four miles of footpath to explore.
A waterfall cascades down the ravine making its way to the water garden. The water garden itself contains exotic water plants and gigantic koi carp.
Trebah offers visitors a year round experience. There are glades of enormous tree ferns, tastefully mingled with bamboo, giant gunnera, a must see for young and old. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful and scented array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.
In autumn, Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of china blue and soft white across Mallard Pond and in winter, spectacular champion trees dominate the landscape, whist plants from the southern hemisphere flower.
The stylish reception building boasts an award-winning licensed cafe, shop and plant sales, open free of charge to non-garden visitors.
Take the A39 to Falmouth as far as junction with A394 at Treliever Cross Roundabout, and then follow brown and white tourism signs to Trebah Garden.
From Helston/West -
Take the A394 to Falmouth as far as junction with A39 at Treliever Cross Roundabout. Turn right and follow brown and white tourism signs to Trebah Garden.