Penlee Memorial Garden

To the western side of Penzance you will find some of the most architecturally stunning houses clustered around Regent’s Square and the surrounding streets. Well worth spending half an hour to explore. In the midst of this area are the Morrab Sub-Tropical Gardens and Penlee  Park within which is Penlee House Gallery and Museum an elegant gallery set within a Victorian house and park. Changing exhibitions mainly feature famous Newlyn School and Lamorna Group artists.

Wandering through the park on the way back to our holiday home in historic Chapel Street, we stumbled across the delightful Memorial Garden, tucked away by the side of the House. There is also the Orangery Coffee Shop, with its sun-bathed terrace overlooking the park, but unfortunately not open on a Sunday afternoon. This Garden of Remembrance was created in the former kitchen and flower walled enclosure which provided produce and flowers for the house all through the year.

(click on an image to enlarge and scroll through the gallery)

There are several benches on which to rest and take in the beauty of the tiny garden. There is also a small chapel of rest, which was closed on my visit and in front of this an unusual Foxglove Tree was in flower. I have never come across this before. It has fragrant, light lilac-purple flowers in large panicles. The garden is full of sub-tropical planting and is a peaceful, sheltered haven. Don’t miss it if you are ever in Penzance. I know that I’d be very happy to sit there for a few hours with a good book.


31 Comments Add yours

  1. Dina says:

    Oh yes, I enjoyed the walked through the garden and the bench is most inviting right now. What a lovely place to contemplate, rest and read and enjoy the flowers.
    Wishing you fairy good weekend, Jude, sun is on its way at long last,
    Dina & co x

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a pretty little sun-trap Dina with lovely planting. You and the girls would like it 🙂

      1. Dina says:

        I’m sure, we would! 🙂

  2. How beautiful. I love those aquilega. I tried growing them once with little success. I don’t know what made them unhappy but they didn’t do well at all.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are so much a part of a cottage garden, I think they like dry conditions as I am always seeing them in a gravel garden. Perhaps it is too hot and humid where you are?

      1. I had them in almost complete shade but it may have been too damp. Who knows…

  3. Sue says:

    What a delightful little space to sit and contemplate..

    1. Heyjude says:

      A place to take a good book 🙂

  4. Sherri says:

    Is this in rememberance of the awful Penlee disaster Jude? My mother worked for the RNLI at the time. I was newly back from my fist short stint in California and we were staying at Lyme Regis when we heard the news. It was just awful. I will have to tell her about this deligthful garden so that we can visit. Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing this xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      This is a garden in memory to those lost in WWII. I believe the Penlee lifeboat memorial garden is closer to Mousehole, above the original lifeboat house and much smaller. I’m surprised I don’t have any photos of it.

  5. restlessjo says:

    Me too! Neath that fragrant foxglove tree would be nice, or beside the creamy poppy 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Have you seen a foxglove tree? Or heard of it?

      1. restlessjo says:

        No never, but it sounds good 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Me neither. There are so many plants I have yet to discover…

        2. restlessjo says:

          There was a lovely Japanese anemone on GW which we DO have 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          I was almost tempted to buy one today, but resisted. I mean who goes to a nursery and walks away without buying anything?

        4. restlessjo says:

          Criminal! 🙂 We bought a water feature today- online, rather boringly, but it’s pretty. The beginnings of our garden restoration since we had fences replaced.

      2. restlessjo says:

        Gardener’s world is in Logan Botanic gardens! 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Very briefly 😦

      3. restlessjo says:

        I want that deep pink clematis!!! 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          I assume you mean the one in Monty’s garden? ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’ I wrote it down. I want one of those too 😀

        2. restlessjo says:

          Yes! Fabulous! 🙂

  6. Patrick says:

    Wow!!! Stunning garden. A nice visual brake from my computer work this afternoon. Thanks Jude!

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    You’re uncovering so many gems Jude, this is a lovely place 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Funny how you can just stumble upon something like this isn’t it? I suppose if, like me, you just like to wander around towns and places then it is inevitable.

  8. As spring approaches her, I’m hungry for flowers. Thank you for feeding me! I particularly love the subtle stripes on the mallow.

  9. pommepal says:

    This was such a tranquil walk Jude and I walked around humming “green door” remember Tom Jones?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Someone needs to invent an earworm blocker 😀
      Not a very long walk. More of a short stroll although this was part of the 1 mile walk to the pub and back 😀

      1. pommepal says:

        What an excellent destination… 🙂

  10. Ali says:

    That looks like such a lovely place. A hidden gem.

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