Some gardens have been planted from new,
while others have been rescued from neglected wilderness. One charming
garden hides away, concealed from the coastal path and nestling in a
valley vibrant with butterflies and wild flowers; a brook babbles and
feeds a prolific garden of vegetables growing along indigenous hosta
and giant gunnera. This particular garden is a short walk across a couple
of meadows to the open-air exhibition of internationally renowned scupltor
Another garden ambles down steeply terraced paths to the water's edge,
with sheltered areas and running water, creating an ambience of calm
meditation with stone carvings emulating the tranquility of a Buddhist
temple, while up the lane, a riot of brilliantly perfumed gaudiness jumbles
and tumbles over the granite hedge. Different yet again, is an Edwardian
house with a stunning beachfront garden and lawns which has been restored
to the relaxed elegance of its time, contrasting with a woodland refuge
rich with wild life where the recent planting of a fern pit revealed
some of the garden's original specimen plants from when it was first
laid out in the 1920's.
Cornish gardens dither on the cusp of
wild and cultivated, in a perpetual tug of war with the countryside constantly
reclaiming that which we have tamed. However, the opinion of Tim Smit,
of Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan fame, is that, '
A garden is a symbol of mans' arrogance, perverting nature to human ends',
isn't my view; I prefer Mahatma Gandhi's, 'To forget
how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves'.
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