Trebah lies in an adjacent coastal inlet to Glendurgan, it too was originally created by the Fox family. Like all the other 'Great Cornish Gardens', climate and geography are the keys to its success. Closeness to the warmth of the Gulf Stream in the Helford estuary, and the sheltered wooded slopes are the secret elements.
This illustration is a good indicator of the way both the house and garden lie in relation to the small beach at the bottom of the very steep garden
Enjoy a stroll through the garden down to the beach in the company of this resident Trebah Robin. On arrival at the beach, I will share a very sad and poignant reminder of WWll with you.
During May and June the water-garden becomes a riot of colours when the Candelabra primula, irises, Agapanthas, and Zantedeschia (arum lilies) open
Dicksonia antarctica tree ferns
Interesting juxtaposition of the Luma apiculata contrasting with the green bamboo stems
Phyllostachys edulis is the fastest growing bamboo (outdoors) in the UK. It can grow up to 20cm (8inches) per day in height in its first 7 days of emerging from the ground when the weather conditions are correct i.e cloudy and windless. The growth rate gradually slows until each cane reaches its eventual height of approximately 6m in 60 - 90 days.
As the edulis suggests, it is edible, the shoots are used in oriental cuisine. The local squirrel population love it too.
In the Far East it is used in furniture making, and we have seen it used as scaffolding in Shanghai.
Very soon this area of the garden will be a "Gunnera Forest" with leaves the size of large umbrellas, and stems rising up to 3.4m (11 ft).
In this image I have exploited the surreal qualities of the Gunnera manicata
Hydrangeas (all blue)
Trebah's link with America 70 years ago
The 175th Combat Team of the US 29th Infantry Division Embarked at Trebah Beach in June 1944 for the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach, Normandy
Embarking on Trebah Beach
In the assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy they met fierce resistance. Steven Spielberg's classic film "Saving Private Ryan" accurately describes the terrible carnage of the first wave of the assault.
From D-Day to VE Day, the Division gained a proud record in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. They suffered 19,800 casualties, approximately 100% of the Divisions strength on D-Day.
This memorial at the bottom of the garden pays tribute to the bravery of all those gallant young Americans. A Military Day is still held in the garden each year.