Gardens

Enjoyable for everyone...

  • Benches and lawns provide places to rest and take in your surroundings
  • Wheelchairs are available to borrow - just ask at reception or the Gatehouse
  • You're welcome to picnic on the lawns or at the picnic benches in the grounds
  • Bring a ball or kite and have fun with the kids
  • Join a free garden tour with one of our volunteer guides from March onwards
  • Come along in the evening for one of our outdoor theatre events in the summer

Winter work in Lanhydrock's gardens

Canna iridiflora are being moved to over-winter indoors

Canna iridiflora are being moved to over-winter indoors

The eagle-eyed among you may notice that the large purple beech near the parterre has been removed. This tree was planted by William Gladstone on one of his visits to Lanhydrock over a hundred years ago. Sadly, it had succumbed to old age and disease, so had become dangerous but we were sad to see it go.

Another task the garden team are busy with at the moment is lifting the tender perennials, including cannas and dahlias, from the herbaceous border. These will be stored in a frost-free glasshouse up at the nursery for the winter.
 

A garden with history

Aerial shot showing Lanhydrock House and garden © National Trust

Aerial shot showing Lanhydrock House and garden

It's not just the house at Lanhydrock that's 'listed', the gardens are as well.

You can find out more about how the gardens developed from the 17th century onwards in the display in the higher garden's thatched cottage, or just ask one of our friendly gardeners.

A touch of formality

One of the cast bronze urns in the parterre prior to conservation © National Trust

One of the cast bronze urns in the parterre prior to conservation

The fabulous formal parterre brings a real touch of grandeur to the gardens.

Take a stroll through the neat, planted beds and check out the cheeky cherubs on the urns.

Blooming borders

Bird’s eye view © National Trust

Bird’s eye view

Our garden team work throughout the year to maintain our herbaceous borders and keep them filled with flowers and fragrant plants.

Take the weight off your feet in the seating area and enjoy the results of our labour.

Up on high

Lanhydrock’s higher garden in the autumn sun © John Browning

Lanhydrock’s higher garden in the autumn sun

You're sure to find a peaceful spot in our higher gardens to enjoy your surroundings.

Don't forget to visit the thatched cottage, where one of the Victorian gardeners lived and died. You can find out more about the historic gardeners and about garden planning here.

Marvellous magnolias

A profusion of magnolia flowers in Lanhydrock’s higher garden © National Trust

A profusion of magnolia flowers in Lanhydrock’s higher garden

Lanhydrock is famous for its fabulous magnolia trees which are found all around the higher gardens.

We've even got a magnolia arch by the thatched cottage, which you can walk through to explore the higher gardens.

Ask the team

The team look busy in front of Lanhydrock house © National Trust

The team look busy in front of Lanhydrock house

The garden team work throughout the week so you're likely to spot one of us going about our tasks as you walk around the gardens.

We're always happy to help, so make the most of the opportunity to ask us about the plants you see or for tips on how we keep the place looking so lovely.

In the nursery

The gardening jobs never stop around here.

Right now, the nursery team are busy potting plants, bulbs and roses ready for sale in the plant centre in the spring.

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