Antony Woodland Garden
Antony Woodland Garden is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful gardens that runs along the edge of the Lynher Estuary – renowned for its collection of camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons – this is one for serious gardeners.
One of Cornwall’s hidden gems, the Antony Woodland Garden is one of the counties finest. An International Camellia Garden of Excellence, it also houses the National Collection of Camellia Japonica. The 100 year old Asiatic Magnolias tower over Westdown valley, while beneath rhododendrons and camellias add splays of colour. In season the understory is carpeted with snowdrops, primroses, bluebells and wild garlic, providing a contrast against the rich green grass. Over the last two decades interesting pieces of contemporary sculpture have been added to the garden, including a ferocious looking Green Man, by Cornish sculptor Tim Shaw.
The highlight though has to be the simply stunning riverine views along the Lynher, where egrets, cormorants, shelduck and oyster catchers swoop low over the water. On a still day the garden is one of the most tranquil places in Cornwall.
All National Trust members and day ticket holders are admitted to Antony Woodland Garden free of charge only when Antony House is open. At all other times National Trust Members are required to pay a discounted entrance fee of £3.50. However, in order to benefit from free entry they must enter from the National Trust Garden having had their membership cards scanned at the National Trust admissions.