Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens // Penzance

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Tremenheere arid gardens
Tremenheere sunny & arid collection

The Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are probably the newest addition to Cornwall's tradition of great gardens. Only opened in 2012 the gardens have already become an established fixture on the itinerary of green-fingered visitors. 

Set in a sheltered valley overlooking Mount's Bay (and St Michael's Mount) this 20 acre site is planted with a range of sub-tropical and exotic species which complement the mature woodland and stunning views down the valley. The selection of plants and natural setting make this garden a pleasure all year round, not just in the spring.

Tremenheere sculpture gardens
Tremenheere sculpture

As well as the more formally planted areas there are wooded areas of the garden with raised walkways around a number of ponds. Here you will find tree ferns planted alongside the indigenous ferns and mosses giving an almost primeval appearance to this section of the gardens.

The Tremenheere Gardens are far from traditional and this is exemplified in the contemporary art installations located around the site. A growing body of permanent works by internationally acclaimed artists such as David Nash and James Turrell both complement and enhance the garden's natural appeal.

Tremenheere view St Michael's Mount
View to St Michael's Mount

Whilst much of what you see at the Tremenheere Sculpture Garden is down to the dedication of Dr Neil Armstrong (my G.P.!) landscaping the valley began as far back as the 1830s. This was the work of Seymour Tremenheere, the last in a line of Tremenheeres who owned the valley since the 13th century.

Tremenheere sculpture gardens
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

In addition to the gardens there is the Tremenheere Kitchen restaurant which offers both lunch and evening meals with views out over Mount's Bay.

Tremenheere Kitchen
Tremenheere Kitchen