Welcome to Morrab Gardens

About The Gardens


The quality of a public space gives a strong impression of an area. It is part of what gives a town its identity, and local residents a sense of civic pride.

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Friends of Morrab


The Friends are a lively group of people who share a love of the gardens. Some volunteer their help in the greenhouses and the grounds, others like to get involved with fundraising, especially at the annual summer fete.

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Morrab Gardens is located in the heart of Penzance, just off the town centre and has been looked after by the Council since it was bought in 1888.

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Every day something fresh, something new:
camellias dripping with early morning rain,
wave upon wave of magnolia, perfect white to deep lilac,
first daffodils, crocuses under the trees,
Open spaces filled with flowers, smell of spring grass-mowing.
Secluded walks, hidden pond – one bright pink water lily.
Children playing in the bandstand, teenagers’ meeting place,
summer picnics on the grass,
fountain playing, small birds drinking.
Red sumac leaves caught and turned in the wind,
gossip on the corners.
A pair of gulls trampling the wet grass for worms,
early frost on leaves, frozen spiders’ webs.
At night, dark tree tunnels

Penny Young

Friends of Morrab Gardens Member

Like most of the houses in the centre of Penzance, my terraced house has a very small garden. It was, therefore, a real joy to discover Morrab Gardens with its wonderful collection of sub-tropical plants. And even better, to meet Joe the head gardener who was more than happy to let me loose with a spade and a wheelbarrow. My favourite time of year in the Gardens is the spring when the daffodils are in full bloom and the magnolia trees are truly magnificent. I love taking my dog for a walk in the early morning before many people are about. Because I wanted to become more involved I joined the Friends of Morrab Gardens and have made some really good friends and learnt some useful gardening skills along the way.

Rosie Hughes

Friends of Morrab Gardens Chairman

Latest news

W for Woolf, Watsonias and Winter Gardens: Julia Grigg’s Morrab Miscellany

Julia muses on the time Virginia Woolf spent in Cornwall – did she perhaps visit Morrab Gardens? – recalls the work of the visionary poet William Blake and gets some inspiration for the garden in Winter

Volunteers at Morrab Gardens

V for Volunteers: Julia Grigg’s Morrab Miscellany

Reaching V in her miscellany, Julia celebrates the work of Volunteers – in particular the Friends of Morrab Gardens who volunteer their time and skills to assist in the upkeep of the gardens.

A postcard, probably early C20th, showing the cordyline avenue near the south entrance to Morrab Gardens

U for Unwelcome Visitors!: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

Reaching U in her blog, Julia considers unwelcome visitors – both human and non-human! On a happier note we remember Reginald Upcher, who designed Morrab Gardens more than 140 years ago, and celebrate a garden writer who has provided her readers with a great leap forward in UNDERSTANDING how to garden better

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