Chygurno, Lamorna, Near Penzance, TR19 6XH
Tel: (01736) 732153
Gardens on the edge
From its staggering perch on the edge of the ocean, this waterside garden tiers down in steep steps and terraces to meet sheltered woodland. A striking range of vibrant species stands out against a rugged backdrop, and as well as the spectacular sea view. Chygurno also boasts a unique decked vantage point that puts you on eye level with the treetops.
In 1908, the house at Chygurno was built for two suffragettes from London who founded the Women's Social and Political Union in Penzance, after this the house became a refuge for ladies leaving prison, allowing them a place where they could recuperate. Robert and Carol Moule moved to Chygurno in 1997 after it had been empty for 20 years and they began working on the garden in 1999.
Having been unoccupied for over 20 years, the garden was little more than a cliff-edge jungle when its present owners took over. The present garden has been planted into a maze of steep pathways, steps and terraces that have been carved into the rocks.
In just three acres, a global mix of plants showcases that small is beautiful and diverse. Hardy exotics withstand the salty breeze at the top of the cliff, where, free from the frosts that reach the rest of the valley, succulent species from the southern hemisphere flourish, including banana plants, Canary Island foxgloves and silver tree ferns. Shrubs and plants that are able to survive outdoors all year round include aeoniums, aloes, agaves, vestios, proteas and lencadendrons.
As you climb down towards the woodland, more traditional camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas line the pathways, and in spring bluebells carpet the woodland. The tangle and variety of terrain makes this an ideal garden for walkers who like a bit of a challenge. Once you've got your hiking boots on, from Lamorna Cove there are plenty more coastal paths to explore, and beaches for resting weary feet. There are no refreshments available on site, but cream teas and snacks are available in the cove or alternatively, bring your own picnic whilst you sit back and soak up the spectacular views!
Just four miles south of Penzance on the B3315, follow signs for Lamorna Cove and Chygurno is tucked at the top of the hill just past The Cove Hotel and Restaurant.
April to September
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