Gardens

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.

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

What we're up to

Trimming the box hedging in the formal gardens

Working outside in the summer sun is the best part of our job.

This month we'll mostly be:

  • trimming the box hedging
  • strimming
  • mowing the lawns

Do say hello if you see us in the garden.

 

Take a tour of the grounds

Find out about the gardens on one of our free tours

Find out about the gardens on one of our free tours

Join one of our free garden tours and find out more about the history and planting of our gardens.

Led by our team of friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, tours run morning and afternoon on week days, starting from the Gatehouse.

Please ring us on (01208) 265960 for further details and to check availability.

Summer highlights

Beautiful begonias

Begonias in Lanhydrock’s parterre © National Trust

The summer planting in the formal gardens is beautiful.

Look out for the colourful begonias in the parterre.

Blooming borders

Agapanthus flowering in the herbaceous borders this summer © Tommy Teagle

Our herbaceous borders are at their most colourful in summer.

Dahlia 'Knockout' and agapanthus 'Isis' are especially gorgeous right now.

A riot of roses

Roses flowering in the formal gardens © Tommy Teagle

Breathe deep in the formal gardens and enjoy the perfume of the roses.

You'll find the rose beds near the gatehouse.

An aristocratic shrub

A magnificent magnolia tree (magnolia sargentis robusta) © National Trust

Lanhydrock is famous for its collection of over 120 varieties of the 'aristocrat among shrubs' - the magnolia. Find out more about some of the magnificent varieties in our gardens from our head gardener, Tommy.

Want to take our plants home?

The old kitchen garden is now our nursery, where we grow plants for the gardens and for sale.

If you see a plant you like in our gardens, call into our plant centre and take one home with you.

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