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Trebah Gardens

Trebah is a 26-acre (110,000 m2) sub-tropical garden situated in Cornwall, England, UK, near Glendurgan Garden and above the Helford River. The gardens are set within an area of the same name, which includes the small settlements of Trebah Wartha and Trebah Woolas (both are of medieval origin).



In 1831 Trebah was acquired by the Fox family who built Glendurgan Garden. Trebah was first laid out as a pleasure garden by Charles Fox, a Quaker polymath of enormous creative energy who paid meticulous attention to the exact positioning of every tree. His son-in-law, Edmund Backhouse, M.P. for Darlington, took the work further.



In 1907 Trebah was bought by Charles Hawkins Hext and inherited on his death in 1917 by his wife, Alice, who died in 1939. From 1939 to 1981 the garden fell into decline, since the substantial Trebah Estate was sold off in small packages, of which the house and garden was one.



During the Second World War, Trebah was used for military purposes and the assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy was launched from Polgwidden Beach, at the foot of Trebah Garden. One of the subsequent owners was Donald Healey, the motor car designer, who removed some of the concrete military structures and provided a boathouse on the beach.





In 1981, on their 64th birthday, Tony Hibbert and Eira Hibbert bought Trebah as their retirement home. They were persuaded to give up the first three years of retirement to restore the garden.









Indeed, when Major Hibbert agreed to three years, little did he know it would become a quarter century. The decision, he eventually wrote, "has given us the happiest twenty-four years of our lives and had we not taken up the challenge we'd have been dead long ago of gin poisoning and boredom."







The garden was opened to the public in 1987 and by 1989 visitor numbers had reached 36,000. The Hibbert family then gave the house, garden and cottages to the Trebah Garden Trust, a registered charity, to ensure that the garden could be preserved for future generations.





In 2000 visitor numbers had exceeded 105,000 and a £1.94 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Objective One allowed Trebah to build the new 'Hibbert Centre', to rebuild Alice Hext's seat, restore the nursery and carry out major landscaping and garden improvements. (All information from Wikipedia)







I haven't included all the Camellias which were in bloom as I have made a separate post for those here.


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David Nurse
David Nurse
2022년 4월 13일

A real gem of a place. Plenty of Bamboo. Loved the images.

gin poisoning and boredom? - there but for the grace of God 😉


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Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
2022년 4월 14일
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Thanks David. Might go back to see the Hydrangeas.

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John Durham
John Durham
2022년 4월 12일

What an amazing place! Seems like a site to visit during all the seasons, with something new to discover on each trip.

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Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
2022년 4월 14일
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Yes, would be good to go back in the summer to see the Hydrangeas.

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익명 회원
2022년 4월 11일

#3 from the bottom, the closeup is very nice.

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Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
2022년 4월 11일
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Thanks, as you know ferns are a favourite of mine especially at this time of year.


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