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Places To Visit : Gardens : Enys Gardens

Enys Gardens

St Gluvias, Penryn TR10 9LB
T: 01326 377621


If you are visiting Cornwall and want to see a truly unspoilt garden then you should head for Enys Gardens near Penryn  between Falmouth and Truro open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the season. Cornwall has many National Trust Gardens but Enys is a woodland garden that is being sympathetically restored following years of isolation and basic maintenance. It's a bit like the Lost Gardens of Heligan before they were" found" and as such is unique in the county.

Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons.

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The gardens cover an area of 30 acres with a wide variety of walks through the woodland and more formal areas. Danni our Head Gardener and Mark her assistant together with a growing band of volunteers have done an amazing job  clearing out the overgrown regions and replanting certain zones. A new woodland garden has been created from a totally overgrown area revealing many sculptured natural features including "the Octopus" the remains of a dead tree stump with its roots forming the tentacles.

The Pond area has been opened up revealing the water wheel which we hope to restore at some stage. The edge of the pond is gradually being replanted by seedlings from the bright red coloured candelabra Primula's that once lined the entire length of the ponds.

If you want to see bluebells as you have never seen them before then come along  in May time a week or two after the bluebells are out in the woodlands and hedgerows and see the magnificent display of bluebells in Parc Lye a huge meadow of blue with its heady perfume unlike any woodland area. During the war we were granted special dispensation to leave the meadow un -ploughed and undisturbed which is testimony to its unique history.

There are many different garden areas within Enys Gardens,  you can sit in the summer house and admire the view over the surrounding parkland;  walk through the newly created New Zealand garden created in honour of J.D. Enys who collected plants from this area to send back to Kew for introduction to this country; amble through the flower garden with its packed beds and changing seasonal colours; take time to slow down to Nature's pace and look for the bees and bumble bees pollinating the flowers; visit the new orchard which is being stocked with Cornish varieties of apple tree; take a leisurely stroll round the rockery area and Broadwalk where the ladies of the house would have taken their constitutional daily exercise.

The whole garden is developing against the backdrop of a multitude of large specimen trees of venerable age some of them champions in their own right and many dating back in time having been recorded in J.D. Enys's plant list of 1907. When you visit take time to glance upwards as well as all around you as this will give you a better understanding of the beauty of the trees in this remarkable woodland garden.

When you have fully enjoyed your visit don't forget to visit the family run cafe for light refreshments including Cornish cream teas. The stable block houses the history room and garden room where you can learn more about the Enys family who can trace their roots back to the 13th century as well as information about the house, farm buildings, and the clock tower where the clock has been recently refurbished. If you want a different garden experience that will  bring you peace and tranquillity visit us outside the bluebell time when you can wander around undisturbed.