Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Trewithen Gardens:


Q. Can we bring our dog?
A. Yes. Dogs are welcome at Trewithen if kept on a lead. They are also welcome in the Tea Shed. 

Q. How many staff work in the gardens?
A. Head Gardener Gary Long runs a team of 5 full time staff with help from a loyal group of volunteers.

Q. Who owns Trewithen? Is it RHS, National Trust?
A. The Galsworthy family own Trewithen and live there all year round. The estate has been in continuous family ownership for nearly 300 years, descending by marriage through the Hawkins and Johnstone families. 

Q. What makes a tree a champion?
A. There is a charity called the Tree Register, whose patron is HRH the Prince of Wales. Register officials measure and log data about the UK’s most notable trees every 10 years, or sooner if possible. A champion is either the tallest tree, or the tree with the widest girth, of its type, in the British Isles. Sometimes, as with some of Trewithen’s champions, a tree can be both tallest and broadest!

Q. When is the best time to visit the garden?
A. The answer is always: ‘Yesterday or tomorrow’. Trewithen is so diverse, has so much to offer and is so changeable in terms of its appearance that every time you come you will see something new that you may have missed last time. Spring is a riot of colour, especially with the early flowering Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias but the interest continues throughout the summer with the wildlife garden, the water garden and in the autumn the gardens are full of glorious leaf and berry colours, especially from Viburnums and Acers.

Q. What does RHS recommended mean?
A. It means there is limited free entry to RHS members (check with our opening times) and that the gardens are ‘recommended’ because they offer inspiration, are of a high standard of design, maintenance and planting.

Q. Has Trewithen ever featured on film or television?
A: Trewithen has been used as a location for episodes of the Wycliffe detective series screened on television and also by a German production company filming two short stories by Rosamunde Pilcher.

Q. Where is the ‘Silent Space’ at Trewithen?
A: Trewithen is proud to participate in the Silent Space initiative; our rather special Walled Garden offers silent reflection.