Trebah is one of the ‘Great Cornish Gardens’ – climate and geography being the keys to its success. The secret elements are its sheltered wooded slopes, and closeness to the warmth of the Gulf Stream in the Helford estuary.
This illustration is a good indicator of the way both the house and garden lie in relation to the small beach at the bottom of the very steep garden
Let us take a walk to the bottom of the garden, accompanied by this friendly Trebah Robin. When we arrive, I will share an evocative and poignant reminder of WWll with you.
The water garden becomes a riot of colour when the thousands of Candelabra primula, irises, and Zantedeschia (arum lilies) open
Interesting juxtaposition of the Luma apiculata contrasting with the green bamboo stems
Phyllostachys edulis is the fastest growing bamboo (outdoors) in the UK. It can grow up to 20cm (8inches) per day in height in its first 7 days of emerging from the ground when the weather conditions are correct i.e cloudy and windless. The growth rate gradually slows until each cane reaches its eventual height of approximately 6m in 60 – 90 days.
As the edulis suggests, it is edible, the shoots are used in oriental cuisine. The local squirrel population love it too.
In the Far East it is used in furniture making – I have seen it used as scaffolding in Shanghai.
In a few weeks this will be a “Gunnera Forest” with leaves the size of golfing umbrellas, and stems raising up to 3.4m (11 ft).
Trebah’s link with the United States of America
The 175th Combat Team of the US 29th Infantry Division Embarked at Trebah Beach in June 1944 for the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach, Normandy
Arriving on Trebah Beach
In the assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy they met fierce resistance. Steven Spielberg’s classic film “Saving Private Ryan” accurately describes the terrible carnage of the first wave of the assault.
From D-Day to VE Day, the Division gained a proud record in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. They suffered 19,800 casualties, approximately 100% of the Divisions strength on D-Day.
This memorial at the bottom of the garden pays tribute to the bravery of all those gallant young Americans. A Military Day is still held in the garden each year.