Spring in Lanhydrock's garden
The milder weather has returned to Cornwall and the garden is full of the promise of spring.
Lanhydrock really is a garden for all seasons. In winter the air is filled with the heady fragrance of the daphnes; in summer the formal parterre is alive with colour and in autumn the acers and parrotia trees turn red and gold. This season, spring, is when the higher garden and woodland garden take centre stage.
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Lanhydrock’s garden comes into its own in spring and our supporters have voted it one of the top gardens in the region for colour at this time of year.
The first flowers to come are the snowdrops, cyclamen and crocuses. Then the daffodils appear, covering the ground with a host of sunny colour.
Not long after, the first magnolias flower. Lanhydrock is famous for its wide variety of magnolias and you'll find blush pink or velvety white blooms somewhere in the garden from spring through to autumn.
From March onwards you can't miss the pink camellia blossom on the mature shrubs through the higher garden. Next the bluebells arrive in the woodland garden, a sea of powder blue and violet hues, while a rainbow of colour from the rhododendron trees brightens the garden and estate.
It is at this time that the herbaceous border begins to fill with colour and will remain full of flowers until late autumn.
The parterre is planted with tulips for spring and provides a riot of colour against the trim box hedging.
" It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine."
Fancy a tour?
Our team of knowledgeable garden volunteers lead tours around the formal garden twice a day on most weekdays, throughout the summer. You'll learn about the history and planting of the garden and the guides can answer any questions you have about the plants you see.
These free tours start from near the gatehouse Monday to Friday and occasional Saturdays at 11.15am and 2.15pm and last for about an hour. The tours are subject to availability, so please give us a ring on 01208 265950 to confirm a tour is running on the day of your visit.
Walks and wanderings
There are some excellent walks around the Lanhydrock estate where you can take in the best of the springtime. Pick up a leaflet at Reception or gatehouse to take in one of our three circular routes; stroll towards the Victorian swimming pool, head out around the parkland or really stretch your legs on the historic deerpark route.