Created by the Fox family in the 1820s to be a ‘small peace [sic] of heaven on earth’, Glendurgan is a wild and wonderful garden near Falmouth in Cornwall. It’s a place for relaxation and reflection as well as for adventure and play. There are three valleys to explore, a puzzling maze at its heart and a little beach at its lowest point with gentle views of the Helford River.
Cool shady spots contrast with open and sunny areas, native plants with exotics. In spring, the wildlflower banks are a delight. As summer approaches their flowers are left to seed, creating the perfect habitat for many different types of wildlife. As the year progresses, rich greens in the depths of the valleys are followed by dramatic autumn colour.
The Fox family developed large orchards of champion fruit trees on their estates. Many prize species were transplanted to Glendurgan, not for fame and glory, but for food. Some of the paths we walk now were once lined with pear trees. There were caged raspberries for picking and orange trees for blossom to be used at family weddings. Today, Glendurgan is experimenting with an edible garden which includes citrus trees, kiwi, oriental pears and nuts such as pecan.
The Silent Space
The Olive Grove
This orchard was planted in 2010 on the site of one of the original Fox family orchards. It includes native apples, fig and apples trees. It’s the perfect environment for a quiet relaxing stroll. Take a moment to enjoy its beauty in silence.
The School Room
In 1829, despite her busy life with many children of her own, Sarah Fox started and ran the first school in Mawnan Smith parish. She built a schoolroom high up in the garden for all the children of the neighbourhood. In 2002, with help from the Fox family and Mawnan Primary School, it was reconstructed. It’s a perfect spot to take a seat and to contemplate the view across the valley.
Image @ Glendurgan NT
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