Place, Fowey

Joan Farmer has been dodging trees in Fowey.

Joy Wilson and I have been recording the garden at Place in Fowey for some time now.  We choose the days for our visits carefully, as the old Monterey Pines have reached the end of their life, and are liable to drop great branches with little warning.

It is a garden of many parts: a walled garden with crinkle crankle walls; the old carriageway, with views down over the estuary, linked by a series of steps to a higher walkway; the remains of an Edwardian garden with a pergola and rock garden.  Sarah & Jonathon Treffry have photos of this part of the garden when it was first planted.  We had attributed it to the designer, Mawson, but Trish Gibson found evidence that the landscape architect Madeline Agar may have been responsible. Apparently, she was living in Fowey in 1908.  Does anyone know of her input into any other gardens in the county?

In October, we were joined by David Burdekin, who was looking at notable trees, before they all either fell down or were removed for safety reasons.  He proved invaluable, battling through bramble and bamboo to reveal another set of steps which we had previously missed.

It is very much a team effort, by the owners and the recording group.  If any of you have dreams of discovering a ‘lost garden’, perhaps you should come and join the recorders.