Bonython Estate Gardens
Opening Times:April to end of September
Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 16:30
Closed All Bank Holidays.
About Bonython Estate Gardens
Discover a unique blend of tropical and traditional horticulture planted in stunning estate gardens on the Lizard Peninsula.
The manor house strikes a dramatic sea-facing pose, its grand façade dating back to the 1780s. Since new South African owners took over in 1999, a modern and exotic horticultural twist has brought Bonython to the attention of the keen plant brigades.
Explore the South African roots beneath the scorching display of ornamental grasses, cannas and proteas that bring one of the three lakes into a froth of colour throughout August and September. But rainbows don’t stop here. Herbaceous borders of the walled garden are lined with alliums, catmint and carefully selected varieties that enhance blue, purple, yellow and white colour themes. Even the herb garden has been sprinkled with ‘picking flowers’ to infuse it with vibrant pink and burgundy hues.
The array of species is enough to whet any garden-lovers appetite, especially when it’s served up with a jaw-dropping view that stretches over the orchard of Cornish apple trees towards the swan-scattered Lake Joy. And joy it really is, for a wander back through the woodland walk, or a meander through the tree fern and rhododendron dell can be described as nothing less.
Indulge in the enchanting atmosphere of what was a traditional garden, and has now been passionately infused with innovative planting to become one of the most interesting gardens in the southwest.
Directions: From Helston take the A3083 signposted ‘The Lizard’. Turn left at Wheel Inn at Cury Cross Lanes, take second entrance on right (about 400 yards from Wheel Inn), signposted ‘Bonython Estate Gardens’. Take first entrance on the right, marked garden entrance and parking.