Sunday, 12 July 2015

A summer serenade

Today it was my turn to treat Mr P and we visited the new amphitheatre at Trebah Garden for a Summer Serenade by the Duchy Opera. With our hamper packed with lots of delicious homemade goodies, a full drinks basket, folding chairs and blankets we  settled down for a great couple of hours.

We enjoyed a programme of popular arias, ensembles and choruses. There was drama and passion, frolics and fun. Strauss, Verdi, Mozart, Handel,  Puccini, Sullivan, Donizetti, Delibes, Sandy Wilson, Jerome Kern, Gershwin, David & Arthur, Schonberg,  and Offenbach.

If you are visiting Cornwall and enjoy gardens Trebah is a uniquely beautiful, wooded 25 acre sub-tropical ravine garden that descends to its own beach on the beautiful Helford River. It is the wild and magical result of 160 years of inspired and dedicated creation. The natural spring at the top of the garden drops 10ft into the Koi Pool and cascades through drifts of brightly coloured waterside plantings.

Mediterranean and southern hemisphere plants intermingle with Trebah’s groves of huge Australian tree ferns and palms. A giant plantation of gunnera and clumps of huge bamboos give this garden a unique and exotic wildness matched by no other garden in the British Isles. It has been rated as one of the best 80 gardens in the world.