The Tresco Gardens
Tresco is best known for its Abbey Gardens,l aid out by the remarkable Augustus Smith – a wealthy merchant banker who purchased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall in the mid-1830s. Work on the gardens commenced in1834 on the site of the old Benedictine Abbey.
By building tall wind-breaks, Augustus Smith (a botanist and plant collector) channelled the weather up and over the network of walled enclosures he built around the Priory ruins, and the three terraces he carved from the rocky, south facing slope looking towards St.Mary's. In this way he maximized the generous climate that Tresco enjoys thanks to the prevailing effects of the Gulf Stream. The climate is mild, with sunshine hours generally greater than the UK average, and winter frost and snow is unexpected.
Tresco is thought of as a perennial Kew without the glass – shrugging off salts pray and Atlantic gales to host 20,000 exotic plants. Many of those plants would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to glorious species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.
Subsequent generations have continued the development of the Garden, which is today a major attraction of the islands.
- Included: Entrance to Tresco Island and transfer
- Clothing: Comfortable shoes are recommended
- Wheelchair access is not a problem, but this may be a strenuous tour for the person pushing the wheelchair. The gardens are terraced, but most have slopes that can be negotiated by wheelchair, although there are some steps. We request that wheelchair guests are accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour.
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 250