Visiting the garden at Lanhydrock
There's plenty to see in the garden at Lanhydrock, from herbaceous borders and sentinel yews to a bright, bubbling stream, and even a croquet lawn. On the slopes above, paths weave through a woodland landscape, planted in a semi-formal Cornish fashion with stands of rhododendrons and Himalayan magnolias wreathed in green lichen. From here, there are superb views over the garden and the Fowey valley landscape.
Lanhydrock garden winter closing
Please note that the gardens are now closed for the winter and will re-open on 1 March 2024.
Exploring the garden
There's been a garden at Lanhydrock since the 17th century, but the one seen today was established in the Victorian period. Some of the plants are more than 80 years old.
Lanhydrock lies eight miles inland, and the grounds rise to 130 metres above sea level. That means plants have to cope with a harsher climate than south Cornwall's famous coastal gardens, but they still put on a dazzling show.
The formal garden and parterre
The garden on the front and north sides of the house is dominated by 29 mature Irish yews. Planted in 1857, these trees require care and attention in order to stay looking their best, and take two weeks to prune every summer. The yews are trimmed from the bottom upwards, and the wires that help to maintain their shape are checked and replaced if necessary.
The formal parterre brings a touch of grandeur to the garden. Take a stroll through the neat, planted beds and check out the cheeky cherubs on the urns. The planting design was inspired by the original planting scheme from the early 20th century.
The garden team works throughout the year to maintain the herbaceous borders and keep them filled with flowers and fragrant plants. Take a seat in the Herbaceous Circle and enjoy the results of their labour while listening to bees hum.
The higher garden is a great place to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. In the thatched cottage, where one of Lanhydrock's Victorian gardeners lived and died, there's a display about how the garden developed from the 17th century onwards.
Fed from the spring at St Hydroc's Well, this delightful stream flows in a series of culverts in the higher garden, beneath the paths that criss-cross the area. Drifts of gloriously coloured astilbe, crocosmia and primulas decorate the bank nearest the path in the summer, while naturalised ferns and rodgersia compete for attention in the shade of the magnolias.
Magnolias at Lanhydrock
Lanhydrock is famous for its magnolia trees, which are found all around the higher gardens. There’s even a magnolia glade, and you'll find a magnolia arch by the thatched cottage, which you can walk through.
A raised terrace viewing area overlooks Lanhydrock church and the magnolia glade. This is a wonderful place to appreciate the 200 magnolias that now fill the 30-acre garden.
It’s possible to find a magnolia in flower every month of the year, with the most magnificent displays occurring in springtime.
The garden's tallest tree
From the terrace, you can also see the tallest tree in the garden, a swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum), which stands over 30 metres tall.
Benches and lawns provide places to rest and take in your surroundings. Wheelchairs are available to borrow – just ask at reception or the Gatehouse.
A countryside Tramper is available to hire for use around the garden. Countryside Mobility membership fees apply. For further details, visit the Countryside Mobility website.
You can find recommended tramper routes for Lanhydrock's garden on this map.
Ask the team
The garden team works throughout the week, so you're likely to spot someone going about tasks as you walk around. We're always happy to help, so make the most of the opportunity to ask about the plants you see or for tips on how we keep the place looking so lovely.
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