Trewyn Subtropical Gardens – A Tranquil Place In St Ives
Trewyn Subtropical Gardens is a publicly owned park located up the hill by the United Methodist Community Church on Bedford Road (by Barclays Bank).
It is quite a small park but rarely gets busy, possibly because not many people know it is there!
The main section of the gardens is an immaculately kept lawn. I haven’t found out who tends it (yet) but they do an amazing job. They do ask that you don’t play ball games on it – so maybe it is not the spot for boisterous kids.
Around the lawn are lots of benches for people to sit and enjoy the gardens. It is a lovely place just to sit and admire the planting. Or to eat your pasty in peace, far away from pesky seagulls.
The garden overlooks the church at the back. It is really quite a spectacular view and setting – make sure you go over to the back of the park for a proper look. It is especially lovely at Christmas with the star on the church.
There is beautiful planting throughout with lots of subtropical plants and early flowerers. I wish I knew the names of the plants to tell you about them. Sadly I am no gardener, but if anyone does know them please let me know in the comments. All I can say is they are gorgeous and I really admire the hard work that has gone into making this little garden.
There is a memorial to Barbara Hepworth called Megalith by John Milne. Barbara Hepworth’s studio was called Trewyn (it is quite close by) and she died in a fire in it in 1975. John Milne was a pupil and assistant to Barbara Hepworth and also a close friend of hers. He made this sculpture in memory of her.
We often walk home through the park, it is so pleasant and calming, quite different for the hustle and bustle of the town! The park is accessed by two gates (which are locked after dark).
Trewyn Gardens Facilities
The nearest car park is behind the laundrette off The Stennack.
The nearest toilets are behind the RNLI shop on the harbour.
Tregenna Place is a 2 minute walk – there are lots of shops such as a bakers, a butchers, a greengrocers, a co-op and a newsagents.