Cornwall’s best kept secret
Mystery still shrouds this unique and magical garden, whose presence, hidden within the countryside is mostly unknown to even local residents. This is due in thanks to Elizabeth Enys, known locally as Betty, who fiercely guarded the area and removed all signs indicating where the garden lay. As a result, this tranquil garden has only been open to the public in the last few decades, initially opening only occasionally for the fantastic display of bluebells.
Due to popular demand the garden is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the first Sunday of the month from April to September.
With 30-40 Acres to explore and surrounding parkland, the garden has been praised by many visitors for being an unspoilt, natural garden with a very calming effect on all that visit. Discover the New Zealand garden filled with magnificent plants, marvel at the handsome veteran trees, the beautiful ponds, the Cornish cross and apple press, relax in the summer house while enjoying the views of the parkland, and peruse the developing apple orchard planted with Cornish varieties of apple.
While you are here you can learn the history of the garden, house and the Enys family in the History Room. Don’t forget to enjoy a lovely slice of homemade cake or two served on the bone china tea set at the Tea Room.
Open from the beginning of April until the end of September every Tuesday and Thursday, and every first Sunday of the month.
Look out for the Bluebell Festival where we will be open for the week for the fabulous Bluebell display, you will not want to miss it!
For further details see website http://www.enysgardens.org.uk
Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.
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Self-drive visit to Kestle Barton, Manaccan; The Potager, High Cross, Constantine and Tregonning, Carleen, Breage
Run by Karen Townsend and Ryya Bread, Kestle Barton is a restored ancient farmstead and gallery above Frenchman’s Creek. The garden was created in the south-facing mowhay by James Alexander-Sinclair whose plantsman’s scheme of gauzy swathes of herbaceous plants and sweeping grasses surround a space for sitting and dreaming. Beyond is the meadow with its ever-changing carpet of wild flowers and adjacent orchard.
During lunch at The Potager, Mark Harris will describe how this charming haven emerged from a bramble-choked wilderness.
Andrew and Kathryn Eaton’s sculpted grass meadow at Tregonning takes in panoramic views from Carn Brea to Helston. There are leaf-shaped beds, a stream and pond, a summerhouse, carp pond, fernery and packed vegetable garden.
To download a booking form for this self-drive visit, please click here.
At the home of Hauser & Wirth, we will enjoy a tour of the Gallery and Piet Oudolf’s wonderful perennial meadow where 17 beds of naturalistic European plants are divided by grass walkways. There is a feeling of relaxed freedom as the garden links to the green landscape beyond. Bold groups of carefully chosen perennials provide endless interest.
The garden at National Trust Barrington Court was created by Colonel Arthur Lyle where he followed a layout and planting scheme suggested by Gertrude Jekyll. Various walled gardens contain iris, roses and lilies. The kitchen garden has been in continuous production for more than 90 years.
Our booking form will be available in March.