The August bank holiday weekend weather was a little on the cold side and so our planned trip to Porthleven in Cornwall (me, the husband, 2 bicycles, a large tent and a lovely group of friends) involved less beach days than originally planned. Instead I scoured the map for gardens and we settled on an afternoon spent wandering through the wonderful and slightly enchanted feeling Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.
Located just outside of Penzance, the garden spans 22 acres and is described as an 'exotic and sub-tropical garden'. Dotted throughout the garden are permanent sculptures and art works created by artists such as James Turrell and Richard Long. The garden itself is nestled in a valley and it isn't until you reach the top of the valley, after wandering up a small track through a gorgeously verdant and sheltered woodland, that you are able to gaze down over the whole gardens and out to the sea and Saint Michael's Mount. The planting moves through stages and is more about texture and colour than mass displays of flowers. Despite the large range of exotic and unusual plants nothing feels out of place. The planting surprises and amazes, the gently curving pathways taking you on a magical journey, the sculptures rising up and becoming part of the landscape.