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The Exotic Brilliance Of Tremenheere By Country Life 

We’re delighted to be featured by Country Life magazine in their excellent article, ‘The exotic brilliance of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, a Cornwall gem with ‘one of the best views in England’. 

This wonderfully put-together article by James Alexander-Sinclair at Country Life explores the rich history of Tremenheere.

“Once upon a time, Tremenheere was the hill that provided the monks with wine and vegetables. For 600 years, the land was farmed by the De Tremenheere family. The last of the line, Seymour Tremenheere, did every succeeding generation a huge favour by planting the stately broadleaf trees (beech, oak, sweet chestnut and holly) that give stature to the site.”

“Dr Armstrong had always been a keen gardener, but, being the sort of chap who is overflowing with energy and vision, he jumped straight in with both feet… At one point, he acquired a job lot of plants from a collector: a large lorry arrived laden with palms, one of which fell off when being transported to the top of the hill. It rolled down a bank and ended up next to the boardwalk, too heavy to move. That was where it stayed and it still thrives.”

You can read more about Tremenheere’s story here. Country Life has painted a beautifully worded journey through the gardens, accompanied by lovely photography by Mimi Connolly.

“When you first wander into the garden, you enter a tunnel of vegetation that follows a stream that cascades through various pools down the hillside. So far, so Cornish. The path then turns into a timber boardwalk where the native trees are augmented by towering ferns, large-leaved magnolias and other, more exotic plants. Subtly, the mood has changed to a sort of sub-tropical groove… Eventually, you pop out at the top of the hill into a completely different world like stepping into a Tardis and not quite knowing where you will end up.”

“It is not that the combination of gardens and art is new — it has been a happy conjoining since the Egyptians and Chinese started gardening many, many centuries ago — but the way this garden is laid out makes it refreshingly different.”

You can read the full Country Life article for more adventure and history here.

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