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Cannas and Grasses on Lake Sue

Walled Garden

Roses on Potager Wall

Grasses banked on Lake Sue

Stream Cascade

Hot colour next to lake Sue

Ornamental Water Feature behind Manor

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Bonython Estate Gardens

Opening Times:

16th April until 14th September.
Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 16:30
Closed All Bank Holidays.

Bonython Estate Gardens,
Cury Cross Lanes,
TR12 7BA

t:01326 240550


Dogs allowed.
Special party rates.
Plants or Shrubs for sale
Whole or partial disabled access.
Car or coach park.
Toilets on site or nearby.

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.


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