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Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan Garden

Enjoy a look around the National Trust's Glendurgan Garden with our photo gallery. Discover more about this tropical landscape which leads down to Durgan Beach and The Helford.

Glendurgan's history stretches back to 1820 when the valley was purchased by Alfred Fox. Over the next two decades he developed his garden. Many of the old trees seen today at Glendurgan were planted by Alfred.

In 1833 he developed the famous laurel maze which to this day proves to be popular with young visitors Glendurgan Garden.

The valley is tropical surrounded by palms and ferns which thrive on the mild, sheltered weather Glendurgan experiences.

As a result visitors can see a Japanese locquat, weeping Mexican cypress, a weeping swamp cypress as well as lillies, bluebells and primroses.

A shaded spot at Glendurgan

A shaded spot at Glendurgan

The wooded valley drops quite steeply down to the tiny fishing village of Durgan with its beach and views of the Helford.

In the early 1960s the National Trust acquired the garden, but to this day descendants of Alfred Fox still live in the house. The family plays an active role in the development of the garden.

Today Steve Porter leads the team of enthusiastic gardeners in looking after the beauty of Glendurgan. Before he came to the garden, Steve took part in a National Trust training programme.

'Careership' is a practical three-year training programme specifically designed to develop the expertise required to look after historic gardens, parks and the countryside.

Each programme combines the best of both worlds, gaining theory at college and developing practical skills at a National Trust property.

As Head Gardener at Glendurgan Steve is also responsible for the running of the whole site, including the shop and cafe.

On Sunday and Mondays the garden is closed to the public allowing the family to enjoy the area.

last updated: 21/06/07

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