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Knighthayes Court and the road to Cornwall

September 4, 2016
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The rain left us today, and we did have a few bursts of sunshine, but for the most part the skies were overcast with cool temperatures-a great way to tour gardens. Our first stop upon leaving Wells was the National Trust garden Knighthayes Court.this is a large estate with 250 acres of which 33 are gardens. They have 4 full-time horticulture staff and 20 volunteers! We were blown away by how much they have to tend and how lovely it is. We were met by the brand-new head horticulturist Jess and Hannah to explain the gardens. They explained the difference between a woodland garden and a garden in the woods. We divided into two groups and went exploring. There were some lovely terraced beds around the house with colorful vines, annuals and perennials, many of which we had never seen before. ‘The wooded gardens were loaded with plant collections. Hundreds of azaleas and rhododendrons I am sure put on a show in the spring but we saw a really nice hydrandea collection in almost full bloom,and late season perennials and bulbs in full bloom.we really enjoyed visiting with Jess and we have already been emailing trying to figure out what some of the more obscure plants are. 

The highlight for me was the huge kitchen garden. Every kind of fruit and vegetable you have ever heard of, and some you haven’t, plus amaranth and quinoa, and some rare tropical vegetables plus a cutting garden. Truly amazing.



We left mid-afternoon and had a tea and coffee stop at Jamaica Inn made famous by Daphne Du Maurier a famous English author. 

Then it was on to our hotel for the next 4 nights. After a wonderful meal, i have been blogging. Our internet has been dicey the past two nights and while I was able to upload some photos, it has been slow-going. I will post more on facebook.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mimi Seibel permalink
    September 5, 2016 9:05 am

    So much fun to see all this. The head of our Chamber is in Scotland and another friend is in London. The UK must be the place to be this year!!

  2. September 16, 2016 9:26 pm

    D. du Maurer, a childhood favorite. I was entranced with her novels and remember her description of colors – mauve, for instance. I think I’ll get Rebecca off the shelf for a re-read.

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