Bamboo gardens in Great Britain

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Bamboo gardens in Great Britain

Post autor: Sobal » 25 mar 2007 20:51

Bamboo gardens in Great Britain

Location: Mawnan Smith, nr Falmouth, Cornwall. Take the road to the left of the Red Lion. The entrance to the garden is a few hundred yards up the lane, to the right.
Open: All year, daylight hours. Admission £2. It is possible to stay at Carwinion (B&B), and cream teas are served in the afternoon. Enquiries to Anthony Rogers (tel: 01326 250258 ).
Garden: a typical Cornish valley garden, leading down to the Helford River. Biggest Gunnera in the British Isles. Notable specimen of Drepanostachyum hookerianum. A magnificent clump of D. falconeri has flowered totally this year (1996), and though dead, is currently a spectacular sight. Qiongzhuea tumidinoda showing promise. Good stands of Phyllostachys henonis, P. violescens and Chusquea breviglumis around pond.

Pitt White
Location: Uplyme, nr Lyme Regis, Dorset. Difficult to find.
Open: by arrangement with Jonathan Gear, who runs the guesthouse, where it is possible to stay. Tel: (01297) 442094 .
Garden: laid out in the 1950's and 60's by Dr Nathan Mutch and his gardener Alexander Lawson, who wrote his well-known book on the basis of his experience there. Though somewhat overgrown and depleted in recent years, the bamboo collection is still well worth seeing.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Location: near Richmond, Surrey, 10 miles to the west of London. Can be reached by road (parking around Kew Green, in front of Main Gate) or underground (District Line, Kew Gardens station, then 10 minutes' walk to Victoria Gate).
Open: daily 9.30am-6.00pm, winter 4.00pm. Closed 25th Dec. & 1st Jan.
Garden: the Bamboo Garden was laid out in the 1890's on a sheltered side near the Thames, and has recently been tidied up and considerably enlarged.


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