Pine Lodge Gardens
|30 acre garden, shrubs, herbaceous plants, water garden, pinetum arboretum, lake with black swans and ducks, and a Japanese garden. Every plant labelled and many rare plants form from plant hunting expeditions.|
|Open||All year except 24 - 26th December, 10:00-18:00. Last admission: 17:00.|
|Admission||Adults £6.50, Senior & Disabled £6.00, Children £3.00.|
See our plants section for an A to Z listing of plants available from Pine Lodge Nurseries and at the same time compare their range of plants with other major nurseries.
Points of interest include:
Armillary Sphere, Acer Glade, Arboretum, Bridge, Camonile Seat, Cascades, Cottage Garden, Delilah Statue, Demure Statue, Engine House Models, Fernery, Frog Cascade, Horse Statue, Island, Japanese Garden, Lake, Marsh Garden, Newt Pond, parkland, Pergola, Pinetum, Puma Statue, Pond, David Statue, Secret Garden, Serpentine Walk, Sun Dial, Sunken Garden, Slave Garden, Terrace, Water Garden and a Woodland Walk.
Trees are of particular interest, including an acer glade, a 4 acre pinetum, and an arboretum. There is also a new wild flower meadow with over 7,000 bulbs and flowers.
The Lodge was acquired by the present owners in 1974. The first task was to build a formal terrace and a sunken garden in front of the house, which led into an informal area of lawns. Next was the creation of winding paths through island beds and by the mid 1980s, these were filled with an increasingly wide range of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and other plants. Many obtained from seed hunting expeditions from all over the world.
The area beyond was developed into an arboretum, large enough for the specimen trees not to be cramped, and the accessibility of water facilitated the creation of a quite sizable pond in a field above the house, planted with water lilies and now home for several specie of dragonflies. Next the entrance was improved, with a red brick serpentine pathway through the garden arriving at the front of the house between two water falls, cascading down huge rocks and feeding into a large pond, over which the house is reached by a bridge entwined with scented wisteria. The arboretum was extended on one side into a pinetum, where trees are graded in size eventually to form a semi-circle amphitheatre.
The 'Slave Garden' was next to be created - so named from a central feature, around which is a circle of herbaceous beds with graded colours, and a collection of 14 magnolias in the surrounding lawn. The most recent addition has been a Japanese Garden, influenced by a visit to that country. The over 6,000 plants many rare if not unique, have all been labelled by Mrs Shirley Clemo, who has become an expert plantswoman. The brevity of this account vastly understates the great interest and beauty of this garden which, it has been suggested, possesses the finest and most varied collection of plants in the Cornwall.
Car park, Terrace, Tea Room, Nursery and Plant Sales.