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Trebah Gardens

Posted on | June 4, 2009 | 11 Comments


I took these photos at Trebah Gardens in Cornwall when we visited earlier this year but I saved them for today – you’ll see why below.

This view of the gardens was taken from in front of the house looking down on the gardens towards the bay. According to the history of the gardens, this is where Charles Fox stood as he designed the layout of the gardens. I was in plant-lover heaven during our visit to Trebah, it’s just a riot of natural beauty.

For example, this weird and wonderful-looking specimen is a nascent Gunnera (Chilean Rhubarb) plant. When fully grown, the leaves of the plant are four to eight feet in diameter presenting, as Darwin described, “a very noble appearance”. The Gunnera section in Trebah is fairly large and is, I’m sure, an imposing sight at the peak of the growing season.

The kids, of course, didn’t find the gardens themselves as interesting as I did. That’s OK, BigB and his cousin C could have spent all day playing on the rope swing.


And when we did make our way through the garden down to the beach, BigB got a stone skipping lesson from Uncle D.


While WanderDad, Uncle D and BigB were busy searching for the perfect stone and competing for the title of ‘Stone Skipper Champion’, I took a look around the beach area. And I found this:


Tomorrow is June 6th 2009, 65 years since the D-Day landings. I found it pretty powerful to stand in front of this plaque and imagine the activity on this same beach at that time. A somber moment on a fun-filled day.

P.S. If you’re reading this Dad, Happy Birthday!!

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11 Responses to “Trebah Gardens”

  1. Mara
    June 5th, 2009 @ 5:24 am

    Lovely pictures of the garden and I got a little choked up reading that plaque. I’ve been to Arromanche to the beach and cemetery and it’s a pretty powerful experience.

  2. Wanderluster
    June 5th, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    This is really touching, WanderMom. The contrast between the beautiful gardens and what occurred on D-day is sobering.

  3. Amy @ The Q Family
    June 5th, 2009 @ 7:46 am

    What an appropriate day to post this post! Thank you for sharing. The garden looks so lovely.

  4. marina villatoro
    June 5th, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    Yeah, it’s incredible how nature forgets the bad and life continues to flourish!
    Is it your dad’s bday today or tomorrow? Because it’s mine tomorrow:)
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  5. jessiev
    June 5th, 2009 @ 10:40 am

    just lovely. i love seeing your kids play so happily! and that rhubarb – wow!

  6. Debbie Dubrow
    June 5th, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

    What a beautiful, peaceful spot – a stark contrast to what must have happened there on D-day

  7. Bridget Smith
    June 5th, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    Beautiful Pictures and a touching tribute. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Lucia
    June 5th, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    Looks like such a wonderful place for adventures of all sorts and what a timely post. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Fiona
    June 6th, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    Wonderful photos, I’ll have to get to Cornwall one of these years. The garden looks incredible. the plaque is powerful. I have been to the Normandy beaches, with a kid, which I also recommend.

  10. Dominique
    June 7th, 2009 @ 9:48 am

    My uncle was in the second wave at Normandy. It was an experience he never really talked about.
    A nice way to remember these guys and their bravery.

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