Although private, the gates are open for two days only once a year for charity.
Internationally known as the home of English tea, Tregothnan is the pioneer of the UK’s only tea gardens and the only Manuka plantations outside its native New Zealand, as well as over 5000 rare plants including the Wollemi pine – a prehistoric species thought to be extinct until discovered in 1994. Tregothnan is an official 'safe site' for the keeping of rare or endangered trees from all over the world. The garden holds some 'Red Book' endangered plants and trees which are larger than any remaining in the wild.
During the tour, a member of the gardening team acts as your chaperon, discussing the history of the garden, its impressive plant collections, and exciting plans for the future. The unique tours, concluding with our famous Tregothnan cream tea or tea and biscuits, lasts approximately two hours. This is a special experience for anyone, not just garden lovers. Our guests are always spellbound by the magnitude and diversity of the visit as well as the passion of one family for this incredible living collection. Dogs on leads welcome, and we can also offer coach tours.
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Inspired by a tradition stretching back generations, we began supplying England’s first and only tea (Camellia sinensis) in 2005, although Tregothnan is believed to be the first place to grow ornamental Camellias outdoors almost 200 years earlier. As well as growing English tea, a diversity of lands also allows us to produce herbal infusions, sustainable coppiced charcoal, Manuka and wildflower honeys, and our unique Kea plum jam.
Seasonal British flowers are sourced from the Tregothnan estate and surrounding lands for our range of hand-tied English bouquets.