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Penzance gardens appear on Gardener's World

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

Tremenheere Gardens near Penzance.

Tremenheere Gardens near Penzance.

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A major new tourist attraction in Penzance is expecting thousands of visitors after appearing on the BBC's Gardener's World.

Tremenheere Gardens, which is opening to the public next weekend, was described by James Alexander Sinclair as "a magic jungle in the making".

The beautiful sculpture gardens, situated between Gulval and Ludgvan, are the creation of Dr Neil Armstrong, who bought the 16-acre site 15 years ago.

He told the programme, which was aired on Friday: "I had been looking for something as a project and this sort of hobby has obviously grown completely out of control. I like to think of it as a contemplative wild retreat."

The centrepiece of the gardens is a Skyspace sculpture by James Turrell at the top of the gardens, where a woodland walk filled with ferns opens out into an area with outstanding views of St Michael's Mount and filled with architectural and structural plants.

Justin and Miki Ashton, who are well-known as proprietors of the former Lime Tree restaurant in Penzance, are also due to open the Lime Tree Cafe and visitor centre at the gardens shortly.

The gardens will be open next weekend (September 15 and 16) as part of the National Gardens Scheme, with a farmers' market on the Saturday, a barbecue, plant sale and children's workshop.

For more details, see Thursday's Cornishman. 

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