Suggested Route and Plants of Interest

By Rachel Morin

Enter the garden gate halfway along the drive. Wind down under a giant Podocarpus salignus (from Chile). Two large Paulownias are to be found on the left. On the right, behind the tree Ginkgo biloba, used to stand the second largest beech tree in England on the edge of the park; it has now sadly fallen down. Turn left just after the tall rock and the pointed cypress tree. On the right you will find a beautifully shaped Acer osakazuki. A tree fern glade is also on your right with bluebells, garlic and wild flowers, at the bottom of which is an enormous Magnolia campbelli. The twisted trunk of a Kalmia latifolia is on the left (Calico bush). The tall shrub five yards away from the path on the left is a Hoheria with its little white flowers, behind which is to be seen the towering Laurelia serrata - first introduced to England about 1914 - the leaves are scented when crushed.


Continue down the path with a possible sortie to the right to see some large bamboos. Go around the corner at the bottom of the garden, under Magnolia wilsonii, to reach the large Davidia involucrata (Handkerchief tree) from China, which is opposite a fine example of a cutleaf beech tree beside the steps on the right. Pass beneath the branches of Rhododendron Loderi 'Pink Diamond', beyond which is a Magnolia stellata with Blenchnum ferns around the side of the path. At the bottom of the lawn is a giant Sequoia (Californian Redwood tree), and just to the right of the bridge is a round brain coral thought to have been introduced to Penjerrick by Captain Fitzroy of the Beagle, which was Charles Darwin's expedition ship.

Bridge to Lower Valley

Cross the bridge taking care not to slip if it is wet. You enter the wilder area with a series of ponds, streams and luxuriant, lush, almost jungle-like atmosphere. Turn left twice and this should take you on a circular walk of about twenty minutes leaving the top pond on one's right. There are uncountable tree ferns, paths lined by bamboo and many other plants surrounding the four ponds. In August and September, you will find fields of Hydrangeas and ferns. On returning across the bridge, walk up the lawn passing the large Rhododendron Loderi King George on your right. From the terrace you should be able to have a good view of the sea - looking at the coast just off and to the right of Maenporth beach.

You can find more photos of the garden here.

'Few gardens have the wonderful atmosphere of Penjerrick...' (Patrick Taylor)




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