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a Garden or Park in the town of Mawnan Smith, in the county of Cornwall


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Trebah Garden occupys one of Cornwall's most dramatic landscapes, set into a beautiful wooded ravine descending towards a private beach on the Helford River.

The garden is a sub-tropical paradise, a mixture of rare exotic plants, shrubs and flowers against a gloriously wooded background. It shows vivid all year colour and the vibrant perfume of the flowers mingles with the salty tang of the sea air.

A stream enters the garden to cascade wildly over waterfalls, through ponds with exotic fish and water plants. It then gently meanders its way to the beach passing a rich display of blue and white hydrangeas. There are banks of rhododendrons, camellia and magnolia all under the protection of a canopy spread by ancient oaks and beeches. Pathways bordered with tender plants lead towards a forest of giant rhubarb from Brazil. Beautiful palms and bamboo flourish in the mild climate.

The garden was begun by the Fox family who built the house in the 18th century. Most of the original planting was the work of Charles Fox and his son-in-law, Edmund Backhouse. The house remained with the family until 1906 when it passed to the Hext family. The sweet cob and thatch building known as Alice's Seat is named for Alice Hext, the property remained with them until 1939 when the estate was sold and split up, it then suffered decades of neglect.

In 1980 the estate was bought by the Hibbert family, who with a keen affinity for the landscape began a massive restoration programme. By 1987 the garden was opened to the public. Its development has continued since then, with the family placing into a trust in 1990 together with Trebah House and Lodge to ensure its continued preservation and that it will remain open for the enjoyment of future generations to come.

In its matchless setting Trebah is one of the great Cornish gardens. The beach to which it tumbles is peaceful and secluded and is open to garden visitors. Interestingly, in the dark days of World War II this beautiful beach was the place where the troops of US 29th Division embarked for their part in the D Day assault on Omaha Beach. The troops are long since gone and today Trebar remains the epitome of beauty, peace and tranquillity.

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