The Gardens at Highcroft were the last piece of the jigsaw. Designed & built single handedly by Barry Richards they were 20 years in the making and cover some 3 acres. Vast sways of colour and shape burst into life every summer offering some stunning views. The Gardens have one of the widest ranges of species to be found in any private garden in Cornwall which include collections of Camellias, Agapanthus, Hydrangeas and Grasses.
In fact it was the Gardens that gave new impetus to the nurseries with cut flower crops painstakingly cultivated by hand. Over the past few years weddings featuring the ‘Cottage Garden’ look have come back into fashion allowing us to fill up empty houses with crops such as Astrantia, Agapanthus, Phloxes & Astilbies to name but a few
After receiving favourable reviews in the written press and gardening magazines the gardens featured in televisions ‘Gardeners World’ program in 2009.
The NGS writes: “3 acre garden in the beautiful Tamar Valley. Japanese-style garden, hot boarder, pastel boarder, grasses, arboretum with hemerocallis and new blue boarders. Prairie planting containing 2,500 plants of herbaceous and grasses. Buddleia and shrub rose bank. All at their best in July August and September.”
The Gardens were open to the public under the National Garden Scheme on the first and third Sundays of August for many years with all proceeds going to charity but due to pressures of work, health and then the Pandemic in 2020/21 we have been unable to open the gardens for the past few years.
We hope we can reopen one day and welcome visitors back.