Please note, the website has been suspended so I am unable to confirm whether the garden is still open to the public.

A secret garden filled with an extensive collection of sub-tropical plants. Created in the 19th century, Penjerrick is a plantsman’s garden.

There is no official car park with visitors asked to park beside the drive. Enter the gardens through the wrought iron gate and pick up a plan of the garden. A path leads through the rhododendrons and camellias, past several semi–circular beds to the remains of a fern–planted Grotto. There was once an underground passage that joined the Grotto to the Arts and Crafts house.

Cross a wooden bridge into the Lower Garden and the garden becomes overgrown with few paths or signs. Reverend Pett in Parks and Gardens of Cornwall mentions a cottage orne in this area of the garden however on my visit, I failed to find that or the Swiss Cottage near the Upper Pond.

Nature has reclaimed Penjerrick but perhaps this was the vision of Robert Were Fox, a devout Quaker: no geometric paths or formal beds, but a garden full of freedom. And to quote again from the Gardeners’ Chronicle: ‘one of those lovely spots which Nature seems to have dressed herself’.

The house and garden are in private ownership.


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Address: Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5ED View map Phone: 01872 870105
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: No
Car park: No
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: No
Toilets: No
Wheelchair: No
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