Bosvigo, Truro, TR1 3NH

We should be in for a treat visiting Bosvigo in August. The owner and gardener, Wendy Perry, will show us: The Hot Garden with Crocosmias, Heleniums, Lobelia and Dahlias; The ‘Vean’ Garden which has a small front garden divided by crossing paths planted in white, blue and gold; and The Walled Garden – bursting with summer colour.  Our visit also includes a tour of the house and a delicious afternoon tea.

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Cost: £15.00 pp for tour of the house & garden, including refreshments.

Minimum of 15 persons, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come. Parking is restricted so car sharing is advisable. No dogs.

Bosvigo House, Bosvigo Lane, Truro, TR1 3NH

Hidden Valley Gardens Treesmill, PL24 2TU

Set in 3.5 acres, this cottage garden set in a secluded valley contains a variety of beds and borders with herbaceous perennials, shrubs and grasses. Fruit and vegetables are grown in a potager.

A range of plants is available for sale.

Cost: £6.50 pp to include light refreshments. There is parking for 25 cars only, so car sharing is advisable. Dogs on short leads welcome.

A detailed route from Marsh Villa to the Hidden Valley will be available nearer to the date.

Marsh Villa Gardens, Par, PL24 2LU

Marsh Villa Gardens lies in a former tidal creek, which was reclaimed in the 1970’s. The 4 acre site has been lovingly created and maintained by Judith Stephens and her husband since the 1980’s.

It is a short drive from Marsh Villa to the Hidden Valley Gardens where refreshments will be available after our tour.

Cost: £5.00pp. Dogs on leads welcome.

Marsh Villa Gardens, St.Andrew’s Road, Par, St.Austell PL24

Place, Fowey, PL23 1BS

Place has the most spectacular setting with views down over the estuary.  There is a walled garden with crinkle crankle walls, the old carriageway linked by a series of steps to a higher walkway, the remains of an Edwardian garden with a pergola and a rock garden. The gardens beyond the immediate vicinity of the house are believed to have been designed by Thomas Mawson and some of those plans were used when the gardens were created out of the surrounding fields. The Rose Garden (just starting to be rescued) was designed by Madeline Agar and a drawing of it is included in her book ‘Garden Design in Theory and Practice’ 1912.

The grounds are long and narrow and extend about half a mile from the top gate to the Lodge gate. The length of the drive was planted with Monterey Pine as a windbreak and the sloping lawn had mature sycamore, beech and Monterey Pine on it. In the hurricane of 1987, some of these lovely mature trees were lost. We are very privileged to be able to have a tour of this wonderful garden, with the owners, Sarah and Jonathon Treffry.

Cost: £5.00 pp to include refreshments. No dogs.

Parking is limited so car share where possible

Lethytep, Lanreath, Looe, PL13 2PG

Having visited Lethytep last year during what can only be described as a deluge, it was felt that a return visit this year would appeal to all.

This delightful 25 acre garden developed over the last 20 years, features woodland, wildflower meadows and lakes both ancient and new. It is a vital habitat for wildlife, home to many species of birds, butterflies and plants, and is well known for its spectacular display of southern marsh orchids in May/ June.

A delicious afternoon tea with homemade cakes concludes our visit.

Cost: £8.00 pp. No dogs. Parking is limited, so car sharing is advisable.

Double Primroses (National Primrose Collection) Launceston, PL15 8JX

Located near Launceston, growing conditions can be harsh. Caroline Stone, our hostess, has experimented with a number of hedging solutions to protect her plant collection, which includes Double primroses (for which she has National Collection status), roses and her latest enthusiasm of pre World War 1 herbaceous peonies.

Cost: £5.00 pp to include tea and light refreshments. No dogs.

Lunch can be found at nearby Cowslip workshops-well worth a visit to anyone interested in patchwork and textiles. 

Newhouse Farm, St.Stephens, Launceston. PL15 8JX

National Primrose Collection, The Glebe, North Petherwin, Launceston, PL15 8LR   

Parking: field and roadside so car sharing is advisable.

Lanhydrock, Bodmin AGM, Talk & Garden Tour

Situated 8 miles inland and rising to 130m above sea level, the plants at Lanhydrock have to cope with a harsher climate than many of south Cornwall’s coastal gardens. 

Although there has been a garden at Lanhydrock since the 1600’s, the present layout was established in the Victorian period. There are formal parterres and paths wandering through woodland with stunning stands of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Other features include the Herbaceous Circle, Borlase’s stream and Magnolia Arch.

The day will commence with our AGM to be held in Lanhydrock Memorial Hall at 11.30 a.m. This will be followed by a talk delivered by Paul Holden, on the subject of the social history and relationship between the house and garden at Lanhydrock. 

A light lunch will be provided immediately following the talk. We will then drive to Lanhydrock, and gather at the Gatehouse, for a tour of the garden by one of the head gardeners, George Allen, commencing at 2pm.

Cost: £10.00 for talk and light refreshments. 

Entry to Lanhydrock free for National Trust members, £16.45 for non-members of NT. 

Garden tour is free if attending AGM & talk. Dogs on leads welcome. 

Parking is free for NT members and £1 per hour or £4 for the day for non-members

Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, Bodmin, PL30 5AE and then at Lanhydrock National Trust, PL30 4AB