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CLA South West Guided Tour of Trebah Gardens

This magnificent garden has over 4 miles of footpaths. When we visit, you can expect a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. We will enjoy a guided tour followed by a cream tea.

Currently owned by Trebah Garden Trust records of Trebah date back to the Domesday survey of 1085, when it was the property of the Bishop of Exeter. For six centuries it passed by sale or marriage through many old, noteworthy Cornish families, including the Killigrews and the Nicholls. The surviving Georgian house at the head of the valley was built by the Nicholls in the 18th century and pre-dates the garden.

Trebah today is the cumulative result of almost 200 years of horticultural endeavour. Charles Fox, a wealthy Quaker, pioneered Trebah as a 26-acre pleasure garden, followed by his daughter and son-in-law. In 1907 Trebah was sold to Charles and Alice Hext, whose stewardship lasted until the outbreak of the Second World War and brought the garden at Trebah to its peak.

During the war years the garden maintenance was reduced to a minimum and the beach was used as an embarkation point for a regiment of 7,500 of the 29th US Infantry Division for the assault landing on Omaha beach.

At the end of the war there was a succession of changes of ownership in 1981 Major Tony Hibbert and his wife Eira Hibbert bought Trebah as their retirement home but were persuaded by the Cornwall Garden Society to begin a programme of work to restore the garden to its heyday. Under their care the garden was vastly improved and opened to the public.

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Thursday 4 April 2019
2:00PM - 4:30PM
Trebah Garden Trust, Trebah Garden, TR11 5JZ
20 + VAT - CLA Members and Guests
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