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By Helicopter - Direct to Tresco

By Helicopter - Direct to Tresco

Fly direct to Tresco with Penzance Helicopters - making the flight to the Isles of Scilly as memorable as the destination

Before you Arrive

Before you Arrive

Our pre-arrival checklist - from letting us know your travel plans to ordering your wine and groceries

Tresco Offers & Breaks

Tresco Offers & Breaks

From seasonal escapes to wellness and creative breaks and last-minute offers, discover our latest offers & breaks on Tresco Island

Tresco Island Gift Vouchers

Tresco Island Gift Vouchers

From a luxurious spa day or indulgent dinner to a weekend island retreat. Treat someone special to the ultimate island experience.



From beachfront dining to our cosy inn, get a taste for island-inspired dining with a Tresco twist



Place a pre-arrival grocery order and we'll deliver to your accommodation on your arrival

Events & Experiences

Events & Experiences

From the Low Tide Event to live music, Abbey Garden Theatre and more, discover extraordinary events on the Isles of Scilly

Day Trips to Tresco

Day Trips to Tresco

Whether you're coming from elsewhere on Scilly, or further afield in Devon or Cornwall, a day trip to Tresco is the perfect day out

Summer in the Abbey Garden

We take a look at some of the show-stopping plants in bloom during the summer months in our little subtropical haven...

Spend a sun-soaked summer’s afternoon in the Abbey Garden and you’ll truly feel like you’re somewhere much further afield than a little cluster of islands adrift from the Cornish coast.

With plants from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Chile amongst other exotic locations, the Garden resembles a veritable jungle and is particularly vibrant during the summer months.

If you’re lucky enough to visit during summer, here are a few botanical highlights to look out for:

New Zealand Flame Tree (Metrosideros excelsa)

Impossible to miss, as a particularly impressive specimen stands just outside the entrance to the garden – this tall tree erupts into eye-catching scarlet-coloured blooms during the summer months.

Due to the Flame Trees’ intolerance of frost and cold winters, our Abbey Garden is the only garden in Britain able to grow, and very few gardens in Europe can, so it’s quite a rare and special site. Curator Mike notes ‘This is probably the best tree in the world for wind and salt spray tolerance, making it quite at home on the islands.

’Also known as the ‘New Zealand Christmas Tree’ due to the fact that it blossoms during the New Zealand summer, including Christmas, however our Scilly expats have adapted to flower during British summertime.

Australian Bottle Brush (Callistemon citrinus splendens)

Another plant with a fabulously descriptive name, the Australian Bottle Brush erupts into flower throughout July to September.

It showcases blooms in a variety of colours – pinks, reds and yellows – and is well-suited to a coastal climate.

Aloe Striatula

Native to South Africa, this plant is frost-tender due to being 95% water, but thrives well here thanks to our mild winters. Most Aloes on Scilly flower in the winter, matching their behaviour in the South African climate, however this particular species has adapted and blooms with intriguing yellow heads during our summer months.

Mike notes, ‘This is the toughest of all the Aloes, making it easy to propagate from cuttings, and tough enough to withstand the occasional frost .’

Giant Dandelion

A relative of the common dandelion – just a little more extreme! This version can grow beyond 12ft tall, and, as Mike notes, would be suitably more challenging to vanquish with your lawnmower!

Originating from the Canary Islands, this plant has a big, bushy shape, long leaves, and a scattering of tall dandelions atop each cluster.

It’s a self-seeding plant, so you may well see more of these around the Abbey Garden and across the island in years to come.

Robinson Crusoe Cabbage Tree (Dendroseris littoralis)

This special plant originates from Robinson Crusoe island on the Juan Fernandez islands which are 400 miles off the coast of Chile, known as the location that so inspired the novel.

During summer it erupts into breathtaking orange blooms – find it flourishing on the long walk.

Agapanthus orientalis

Anyone familiar with Scilly summers will recognise the agapanthus – a true hallmark of late July and August on the islands.

They are native to South Africa, and as well as punctuating the Abbey Garden with their vibrant purple and white heads, they’re also found in abundance on roadsides and across the sandbanks at the south end of the island.

Tresco is well-suited to agapanthus, as they prefer poor sandy soil and compressed roots – worth noting if you’d like to source some to grow at home.

Watsonia Tresco Hybrid

There are many different species of Watsonia, native to South Africa and flowering at different times of year. This particular species however is very special as it was ‘conceived’ on Tresco, a hybrid cross between two species previously flowering in the Abbey Garden.

Watsonia Tresco Hybrid is characterised by a vibrant orange or peach coloured flower, blossoming during the summer months.

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Familiar to almost everyone from florist shops it is characterised by a colourful flower resembling a bird in flight, The “Bird of Paradise” plant is native to South Africa, and gives an essence of warm, tropical climes.

Summery Scenes in the Abbey Garden

Think bees buzzing amongst proteas on the top terrace, exploring lush green pathways, golden pheasants scuttling out of view, a gentle breeze whispering through tree-lined terraces...

Here's a little snapshot of the Abbey Garden basking in summer sunshine:

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Stay on Tresco

Winter and Festive breaks are not always available to book online - for cottage stays or New Inn breaks over the winter months please go to Winter on Tresco or call 01720 422849.

Or call +44 (0)1720 422 849