Antony Woodland Garden is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful hidden gardens that runs along the edge of the Lynher Estuary – renowned for its collection of camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons – this is one for serious gardeners.
Described as Cornwall’s best kept secret, Antony Woodland Garden is a haven to discover. An International Camellia Garden of Excellence, it also houses the National Collection of Camellia Japonica. The 100 year old Asiatic Magnolias tower over Westdown valley, while beneath rhododendrons and camellias add splays of colour. In season the understory is carpeted with snowdrops, primroses, bluebells and wild garlic, providing a contrast against the rich green grass. Over the last two decades interesting pieces of contemporary sculpture have been added to the garden, including a ferocious looking Green Man, by Cornish sculptor Tim Shaw.
The highlight though has to be the simply stunning riverine views along the Lynher, where egrets, cormorants, shelduck and oyster catchers swoop low over the water. On a still day the garden is one of the most tranquil places in Cornwall.
A season ticket costs only £30, offering unlimited visits for two adults and two children (under 16 years). Day tickets are also available at £8 each. Currently there is an offer available to all National Trust members and NT day ticket holders (the latter valid only when Antony House is open) who may visit the Garden and Woodland Walk at a discounted entrance fee of £4.
Delicious light lunches and afternoon teas are available at the Broomhill Woodland Tearoom.