Sub-tropical Gardens where exotic plants cling to steep granite cliffs
Infuse your senses with the scents of unique sub-tropical gardens basking in the mild climate and salty breeze. Clinging to granite slopes, terraced beds awash with colour tier steeply to the ocean’s edge. Thriving in the shelter of heat-retentive granite cliffs (so steep that the gardeners have to abseil to tend to parts of them), you will discover tender exotics from the likes of Mexico, the Canary Islands and South Africa.
Romantics can find the Medicago plant from which a cutting was placed in the wedding bouquet of the first Lady St Levan and whose cuttings have often graced the bouquets of family brides since. Children can learn about all sorts of sub-tropical plants as they follow clues along the nature trail to a free prize at the end. Green-fingered aficionados can discover a myriad of species and admire the intimate beauty of the walled gardens.
A printed guide to the gardens is available free of charge on your visit.
The gardens are steep, terraced and intimate. To conserve their appearance and delicacy, we have to restrict the numbers of days that the gardens are open. Thus in May and June at the height of their beauty, the gardens are open 5 days a week, and from then on it reduces to two days a week.
However, the planting is designed to be seen from the castle battlements as well as from within the gardens and we hope that many visitors will gain enjoyment from this.