A secret garden filled with an extensive collection of sub-tropical plants. Penjerrick is a plantsman’s garden created in 19th century.
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.
The website seems to have been suspended so I am unable to confirm whether the garden is still open to the public.