Trebah is Celtic for ‘The House on the Bay’ and the property was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was first laid out as a 26 acre pleasure garden in the early 1800's.

The gardens were meticulously laid out to take into consideration the views based on the ultimate size of each tree planted. In the late 1800's, Trebah acquired a huge collection of plants and trees from all over the world. Rare rhododendrons were among the best known plants.

In the 1930's, the estate was sold off in small parcels and changed hands many times in the next 40 years. In 1944, the beach at the bottom of the property was used as a departure site for Allied troops during the Normandy invasion. German fighter bombers attacked the site during that time.

After the war, the gardens fell into neglect. In 1964, the Hibberts purchased Trebah and discovered the gardens hidden beneath the overgrowth. They began to restore the gardens and opened them to the public in 1987. The Trebah Garden Trust was created to keep the gardens for future generations. In 2000, over 105,000 visitors saw the gardens.

Trebah Garden
Mawnan Smith
near Falmouth
Cornwall TR11 5JZ


Other gardens of this type that we have visited include Coleton Fishacre Gardens, Trengwaiton and Trewithen.

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