Giant Gunnera surrounds the Water Garden which was first developed in 1989 on a sloping site. The area was originally planted with vegetables to manage the site and then, to the delight of everyone, a pond was created on the top of a hill. Solely created for the resident wildlife, the Water Garden attracts many species of dragonflies, heron, deer, badgers, foxes and, of course, rabbits. Newts, frogs and toads return to spawn every year.
Reflections in the Water Garden provide a lovely feature to absorb and be inspired by. A large purple beech reflects majestically in the water, especially when accompanied by a bright blue Cornish sky.
The garden is very relaxing with plenty of seating. The lower part has highly coloured herbaceous plants and several grasses, bamboos and ferns in the shade of the trees. The tender Pinus patula and Pinus montezumae from Mexico make a dramatic backdrop.
The magnolias provide incredible spring interest and colour. During late Spring/Summer the primulas, especially the scented Himalayan plant species, provide an unforgettable sight and fragrance