Glendurgan Garden Cornwall

The Fox family (rich ship owners operating packets out of Falmouth) came to Glendurgan in 1820, built the house, then shortly after began creating the garden. Glendurgan Garden lies in a delightful wooded valley where its exotic and tender plants, imported from all over the world, are protected by the sheltered location. The wooded valley at Glendurgan garden drops down to the hamlet of Durgan on the shore of the Helford estuary, a cluster of twenty or so whitewashed cottages formerly occupied by fishermen.

Glendurgan Garden is one of the great sub tropical gardens of the South West. Exotic trees and shrubs flourish amidst open glades carpeted with wild flowers. The valley itself is of great beauty, with fine trees, rare and exotic plants and water gardens. Glendurgan gardens maze In 1833 Alfred Fox planted the cherry laurel maze built into a hillside, and recently restored by the National Trust. Glendurgan Garden is a feast of colour in spring from the many flowering shrubs, and wild flowers growing in profusion on the banks in early summer.

Glendurgan garden has some very unusual plants, including a number of tropical plants. One of the most interesting plants is an Agave Americana. This is a plant native to Mexico and used to make tequila. The Glendurgan agaves have been in bloom for the first time in 28 years, possibly prompted by the hot summer. They grow to 15 feet tall with big yellow blooms up their giant stems. The plants bloom for about two months, then die.

Children love "The Giants Stride" - a rope swing with about six ropes with handles hang down from a maypole type contraption. One or more people each grab a rope handle and start running, then let their legs up.