Another beautiful Cornish garden. Snowdrop Sundays in February start the year at Pencarrow. Camellias and rhododendrons follow while bluebells and wild garlic carpet the woods in May and June.
Enjoy exploring the Memorial Garden, the Italian Garden, American Garden, Rock Garden and grotto. Ancient woodlands with many conifer specimens including Araucaria araucana or Monkey Puzzle Tree. It was here that the tree got its common name. Sir William Molesworth planted a specimen in front of friends and a guest remarked that ‘It would be a puzzle for a monkey’.
The estate is still home to the Molesworth-St.Aubyns.
Historic Houses members and under 16s, visit for free.
Sir John Molesworth began building the house in 1760 and it was completed by his son.
The gardens were laid out between 1831-55 by the statesman and later Secretary of State for the Colonies, Sir William Molesworth with advice from his head gardener, Thomas Corbett. Sir William was involved with Kew Gardens and many of the specimen trees, shrubs and conifers came from there. Many of these had been grown from seeds collected by David Douglas, Sir Joseph Hooker and William Lobb.
The rockery was created from giant granite boulders which were hauled from Bodmin Moor by unemployed tenants who had been supported by Molesworth at the time of the Corn Laws. A passage leads from the Rock Garden to a Grotto of quartz and crystal.