Morrab Sub-Tropical Garden

Morrab Gardens started out as the property of wealthy brewer, Samuel Pidwell. Pidwell built Morrab House in 1841 as his home on a three acre strip of land running from the town centre to the sea front. In fact the word Morrab comes from the Cornish for sea-shore (mor = sea and app = shore).


We nearly bought  a house overlooking these gardens, but that is another story, and I can’t believe that I have not written a post about them other than a brief mention in my Penzance post on Travel Words.


Amongst the fine examples of tender and rare plants are huge examples of the ubiquitous cordyline (or Cornish palm), tree ferns, banana plants and Japanese Bitter Orange.


There is a bandstand, a memorial to the Boer War 1904 and a rather splendid fountain with a seal on a ball balancing a fish spouting water in the centre. A very pleasant and popular space in the town where people gather to exercise, picnic and socialise.

22 thoughts on “Morrab Sub-Tropical Garden

  1. I’m overwhelmed by the beauty in these photos. The cherry blossoms are exquisite and it got better and better the further I scrolled.

    Pseudopanax Ferox (Toothed Lancewood) wood be a lovely tangle pattern as would some of the others.

    Posts like this make me want to live my life over – I love the life I’m living but we miss so much of the wider wonders!

    • The house wasn’t perfect Meg, but what is, but I loved the sense of light on the ground floor. Tiny garden, small courtyard, no parking and lots wrong with it BUT it did overlook this garden and it was in walking distance of the sea, the shops, the music venues for the OH. I was gutted when the vendors pulled out for a higher offer. Took me a few months to even think of going back there to have another look. But life goes on and I think we may have found something a little more suitable ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Probably nothing like this one! I have different ideas in my head depending on the sort of garden I get. At one point (when I thought we would go for a property with only a courtyard) I was thinking of a Zen like space with minimalist plants, water, stone, statue, bamboos, ferns.

    • Often the comments prove to be more interesting than the post ๐Ÿ™‚
      Much as I am loving living in the countryside, away from traffic and tourists, with lovely views and sunsets, a part of me still yearns for the easy access to amenities especially as we grow older. The town house would have enabled me to use the buses and trains to get around without the car. I think within a few years we will have to make a choice.

      • I totally get that. Part of the struggle T and I are experiencing trying to move forward is that while we agree itโ€™s time to leave Auckland, we donโ€™t agree where to go. Heโ€™s much more keen on rural than me. I can see ahead to a time when we will really need urban amenities and Iโ€™d like to build that into the plan rather than have it thrust upon us later. Weโ€™ve always been good at consensus decision-making, but this is really testing us.

    • Thanks Ali. My passion is with flower photography and with not having my own garden for quite some time made it essential to visit LOTS of other gardens ๐Ÿ™‚

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