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A Celebration of Autumn at Enys Gardens

October 21, 2015 No Comments

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It’s A Celebration of Autumn down at Enys Gardens this weekend. In the house they have been sweeping out the chimneys in order to light some warming and crackling log fires: the perfect backing for some light music and some tasty seasonal food.

Dotted around the house will be a large number of local craftsmen with a whole range of local, artisan gifts and products. Jimagination Creations’ [http://www.jimaginationcreations.com/shop/4585410684], with a range of bespoke woodwork products, will be just one of the 40 exhibitors on show.

In the gardens it’ll be a parade of vintage vehicles and a few Halloween treats. From classic cars to vintage tractors there will be lots to intrigue the family petrol head.

They haven’t forgotten that it’s Halloween either. A creepy Halloween trail will wind and snake its way through the woods in order to spook foolhardy youngsters. And for the competitive amongst you there’s the chance to enter a pumpkin carving competition. Just bring your most ghastly of carvings along with you.

Enys’ fine gardens are noted in the 1709 edition of Camden’s Magna Britannia and are considered to be one of the oldest gardens in Cornwall. From its inception Enys stayed in the family for over 300 years, but as the family’s fortunes changed, Enys became derelict. In 1980, when the estate was inherited by Prof. G.L. Rogers, a recovery programme was instigated.  He increased the number of garden staff and endowed a charitable trust in 2002, known as The Enys Trust, to secure the long-term future of the garden. It’s a slow process and funding is hard to come by, but The Trustees aim to restore the garden and house to its former glory and its events like this that are helping to fund that goal.

The Autumn Celebration is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm and is £3 for adults.

Bluebell Festival at Enys Garden

April 11, 2015 No Comments

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Searching out fields of bluebells used to be a yearly activity in my family. In preparation for Helston’s Flora Day, we’d venture into the woods of the Penrose Estate to pick bunches of the wild flower in order to decorate the town. Coming across small forest glades with nothing but the company of birds and the sway of the breeze was always a pleasure; the tiny blue heads of the bells would stand, sparkling animations amidst the undergrowth.

Enys Garden, just outside Penryn, is renowned for its own Bluebell Festival and is probably one of the best places in the county, or even the country to see these beautiful and fragile flowers.

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Within the 30 acre gardens lie the open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breath taking, as well as ponds, where the waterwheel can be found; the flower garden, which is gradually being restored to its former glory; a New Zealand garden, which reflects J.D. Enys’s plant hunting interests, and many woodland areas, which show different types of planting including many remarkable trees.

According to the National Trust, bluebells, which require light and warmth coming into the forest floor to trigger growth, are normally at their height around late April or early May.

But it’s worth noting that due to recent mild winters, the bluebell season has started peaking early – sometimes even early April.

The common bluebell or Hyacinthoides non-scripta as it is less commonly known, grows from a bulb and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Since 1998 it has been illegal to pick bluebells, with a triple figure fine for the picking of a single bulb.

The sweeping meadow of Parc Lye is carpeted with the tiny flowers, tossing their heads in the breeze. But it is not the only draw of the Gardens. Reputed to be Cornwall’s oldest garden, around 500 years old, there’s much to explore and photographers will have no problem whiling away hours here: each year the national press have a field day at Enys during the festival.

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Enys itself (the house) is being restored and lots of work has been done, including the removal of many rotten timbers. The model farm buildings and stable block are used to house a history room which has information about Enys, the gardens and the Enys family. These are is being extensively reorganised and is a work in progress.

Outside the festival access to Enys is limited to a few afternoons a week, but during the bluebell festival the garden is open all week.

 

Festival Opening Times
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th May.

During Bluebell festival week, Enys is open from 11am, last entry 4.30pm.

Admission
Adults: £5, Children 6-16: £2, Seniors: £4, Students: £2, Children under 5 free.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens.

Getting there

From Bosinver, take the A390 to Truro and then the A39 (towards Falmouth). Once you pass the Norway Inn (on your right hand side) take the second left turn, signposted to Flushing, Restronguet and Mylor, and then the first right (look out for the sign for Enys Gardens). Carry straight on for just over a mile until you reach Enys Lodge and the entrance to the gardens. It will take approximately 40 minutes to get to Enys from Bosinver.The Enys Trust, St Gluvias, Penryn TR10 9LB
T: 01326 259885

 

New Kitchen at Carvinack

April 20, 2014 No Comments

Carvinack Cottage - Mylor - Holiday Cottage - Cornwall - Kitchen DiningLast week I went down to Carvinack Cottage to photograph it’s brand new kitchen and shower. It was a beautiful day and I was greeted by the neighbours chickens who are very tame. The blossom was out and the cottage garden was looking vibrantly green. The kitchen has undergone a huge transformation and looks brilliant, with brand new oven and hob and kitchen units.

Carvinack is surrounded by the Enys Estate and is perfect for a relaxing break. Walking distance from Mylor, Penryn or Flushing and a short drive from Falmouth.

Cornish Gardens in Spring

February 19, 2014 No Comments

 

Spring is when the gardens in Cornwall are at their best. People flock to see the beautiful rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and magnolia all in bloom, and they are a spectacular sight!

 

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Trebah Garden

Just on the outskirts of Falmouth in the village of Mawnan Smith, Trebah has its own private beach on the Helford River, the wonderful Planters Café, beautiful gardens and a great gift shop. With fun for all the family the different walks around the garden can keep you busy for hours.

Nearest Cottages:

The Haven

Selangor

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Glendurgan Garden (National Trust)

Leading down through beautiful gardens with a brilliant maze into the hamlet of Durgan. Glendurgan is a National Trust garden and has a wonderful open air café.

Nearest Cottages:

Rose Cottages

Chy-an-Dour

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Trelissick Garden (National Trust)

On the River Fal with stunning views out towards Mylor Harbour and the sea, Trelissick has plenty to keep you occupied for a day out! With an art gallery selling local work, a second hand bookshop with some hidden gems, and that’s not even mentioning the garden.

Nearest Cottages:

Creek House

Trolver

Carrick Treath

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Enys Garden

Known locally for its stunning displays of bluebells, Enys Gardens is found near Mylor and Penryn.

Nearest Cottages:

Acorn Cottage

Trehovel

Cavinack Cottage

 

A little further away

Eden Project

One of the UK’s biggest attractions and it’s down here in Cornwall! About a 45 min drive from our cottages with the three iconic biomes, a brilliant café, shop and restaurant. A must see for many when visiting the area.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Also about a 45 min drive from our cottages but with 200 acres of beautiful gardens to explore it’s worth the drive. An incredible garden that was lost and has been brought back to life.