Lamorran Gardens, Cornwall, UK: This is a private coastal garden with an interesting and varied collection of statues, sub-tropical planting and a strong Japanese garden theme running through it. Based on the southern slopes of a hill above the Cornish fishing village of St. Mawes, it enjoys a very favorable micro-climate where frosts are rare and sub-tropical plants from the Southern Hemisphere flourish. (The gardens are also known as ‘Lamorran House Gardens’)
This series of photos was taken in late August 2002 when I last visited the gardens, just after rain fall. The garden was warm, humid and displayed a splendid variety of foliage in the diffused light.
Details: This 4 acre garden consists of zigzag paths winding down a southern facing hillside and passing through densely planted foliage to reveal small enclosed compartments or garden rooms. It has many Japanese garden features, such as lanterns, gravel paths, numerous miniature ponds including a Koi pool and small streams running through it. The many statues are beautifully placed and, together with a small bridge, give in places an Italianate feel to the garden. Wandering through the garden the visitor comes across places where the dense foliage parts to reveal splendid views across the sea.
Lamorran Gardens is also quite near the better known and much larger UK National Trust gardens of Glendurgan, Trelissick and Trebah, so it’s easy to combine a visit. All share the same very favorable micro-climate. The garden is open to the public on certain days throughout April to September – see their website for details.
Links: A detailed description of the layout and planting in the gardens, together with a map, is given on the Lamorran Gardens website.
Location: Lamorran Gardens, Lamorran House, Upper Castle Rd, St Mawes, Cornwall, TR2 5BZ. UK, The gardens are located on the Roseland peninsula, near the picturesque harbor of the ancient Cornish village of St Mawes - not far from the town of Falmouth, in the far south west of England
UK OSGB Map Tile Ref: SW83SW86
UK OSGB Grid reference: SW 84322 33024
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