Lanwithick, Mylor Churchtown

Following the AGM a group of members rounded off the afternoon with a very happy, sunny, visit to Lanwithick gardens at Mylor Churchtown, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Spink. Chris and Sue, and their delightful puppy Lily, welcomed us warmly, as we joined other visitors enjoying the gardens, which were also open for the RNLI.
They bought the farmhouse with about three-quarters of an acre of garden at Mylor Churchtown 5 years ago, and have worked hard since then to bring the gardens back into shape. It is a comfortable garden now, with a feeling of ‘well-kempt’ order and attention to detail throughout, from the new summerhouse with shingle roof, to the well-stacked log pile and carefully mowed lawns. The attractive, long, low white-painted house sits comfortably in the garden, on a gentle slope overlooking the Carrick Roads: behind it lie well-stocked and mature shrub beds, terraces, lawns, an orchard area and vegetable garden, and below it two years ago they commissioned Tracey Wilson to design and plant a new area.

Members particularly admired the colourful shrub and herbaceous planting, with particular interest given to a white Anemone (A. leveillei) with attractive blue blushed backs to the petals, planted in front of a Clerendendron, the colours perfectly complementing each other.  There were a large number of attractive low-growing hardy Geraniums in flower around the terrace near the house, together with a well grown Parahebe tumbling over the low wall.  The newly planted area in front of the house, mulched with slate and wood chips was admirable for its wide range of shape and colour themed plants, from a good form of Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ to various Heucheras, each different colour complemented by other plants.

Members enjoyed a delicious tea on the terrace, with home made cakes, and then several of us walked down the hill to the delightful church and found in the grave-yard the tomb of Howard Spring, who lived in Falmouth. What a varied and enjoyable afternoon – the CGT is a brilliant vehicle for exploring not only gardens but other aspects of Cornish life!

Report by Lucie Nottingham
Photos by Paul Marcus
26th May 2011