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Tresco Abbey Gardens - Isles of Scilly

By Angela @daisyangel1
On a rather windy but sunny day my sister and I set out early for a boat to Tresco, but not so early we did not have time for a cooked breakfast. We are on holiday after all. Tresco, is the second largest island of the Isles of Scilly and just a short boat journey from St Mary's. 

Abbey Gardens positively tropical

Abbey Gardens positively tropical

Abbey Gardens Tresco

Abbey Gardens Tresco sculpture

One of Abbey Gardens many sculptures

Most people visiting the Isles of Scilly will island hop at some point during their stay. There are specific boat trips that will call in at a number of islands, whilst giving you a chance to take in the marine wildlife along the way. Today we headed with one task in mind to explore Tresco's Abbey Gardens. Once we arrived I could understand why the plants do so well here, it was very well sheltered from the wind. A real tropical paradise.

Abbey Gardens Tresco african daisy osteospermum

African Daisy - Osteospermum

agapanthus Abbey Gardens Tresco


Plants that were no where near flowering in my garden in Shropshire were in full bloom at Abbey Gardens. We spent four hours sitting then meandering around the gardens, more sitting and more meandering only  broken up with a visit to the tea room for tea and cake. You are sure to spot one of the splendid Golden Pheasants, we did though it was a little camera shy. 

Tresco Abbey Gardens - Isles of Scilly

A view from the Top Terrace

Tresco Children Sculpture Abbey Gardens

The Tresco Children sculpture

There was a fascinating display of the figureheads recovered from ship wrecks around the Isles of Scilly. It really was a wonderful way to spend a day, topped of by seeing Red Squirrels a first time experience for me. They were delightful to watch, and the color of their fur as the sun shined upon it -  a warm brown orange glow.

Tresco Abbey Gardens - Isles of Scilly

Beautiful ship wreck figurehead

Red Squirrel Isles of Scilly

Red Squirrel alert

Getting to Abbey Gardens from the quay once our boat landed was going to be a problem, I am not able to walk that distance. So huge thanks to the Tourist Information Office at St Mary's and the Tresco Estate, who  suggested and helped arrange transport in one of their tiny trucks.

Tresco Abbey Gardens - Isles of Scilly

Tresco Estate to the rescue

Entry to Abbey Gardens cost £12 for an adult ticket and is worth every single penny. You may also enjoy my visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall.

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