Cutlinwith, Tideford, Saltash

cutlinwithWe visited Cutlinwith on 12th June. This is a 3-acre garden located in a small valley with a stream running through and a large lake. It was begun 12 years ago by Mary and Peter Hamilton and is now beginning to mature. The informal design includes plantings of specimen trees, borders, and mown paths through wild flowers, and woodland all contributing to year-round interest. Acers, magnolias and bluebells have been established to take their turn on the stage in springtime. On the sunny morning of our visit in early June the lovely Acer negundo ‘Kelly’s Gold’ shone out in the sunshine across the valley.

After delicious coffee and cake on arrival, and a short talk by Mary introducing the garden, members were encouraged to wander round following the paths. The garden is surrounded by fields and feels peaceful and relaxing. I especially enjoyed seeing the stream garden and planting around the lake. Big groups of water plants created impact. Halfway up the path leading back to the house there was a stunning view of the lake from the summer house.

This is an establishing garden reflecting much hard work by the owners. It was a privilege to spend a couple of hours enjoying the fruits of their labours. Thank you, Mary and Peter.

Jean Marcus