Woodland Cottage Gardens, Tregrehan Mills

The garden is situated on a west facing steep slope in a sheltered valley. Terry and Cassie Corby have owned the cottage and its 3/4 acre garden since 2002 and after much hard work and commitment have improved the soil and put in lawns and island beds and a grotto with mature tree ferns. Very large quantities of composted bark have been used which has greatly aided water retention. The island beds and borders contain a wide range of herbaceous perennials including many varieties of hosta and, most importantly, hemerocallis where they have about 250 varieties. About 1/4 of these are new USA hybrids imported from the Florida/Georgia area of the States where plants can be grown from seed to flowering in one year. Woodland Cottage does not hold a National Collection because it does not cultivate 75% of the older/traditional varieties that appear in the paper edition of the RHS Plantfinder. Skilful planting ensures that the hemerocallis do not overwhelm the garden but fit comfortably into a very well designed ground which also contains a pond. In 2007 about six acres of adjoining neglected woodland were bought and clearing dead and neglected trees revealed the engine house and dressing floors of Wheal Joney (Tregrehan Consols) tin mine and the nearby Wheal Carlyon clay dry and settling tanks. Add in woodland bluebells in spring and a substantial stone quarry and it doesn’t get much more Cornish than this. Walkways have been installed to improve access and a Cornish theme is continued as the collection of azaleas and rhododendrons has been extended into the wood.

We were very well looked after during our visit and our thanks are due to all the family for their hospitality and answering all our questions. The garden has its own very professional website at www.woodlandcottage.weebly.com showing many photographs taken throughout the seasons. The garden is occasionally open under the NGS.

Jim Lewis – 21st July 2011