The Gardens have a long history. We know from the William Borlase print of Enys that in the 18th century the Gardens were formally laid out in an Italianate style with long vistas reaching down the length of the current garden ending in two pavilions. In the early 19th century, Francis Enys started major alterations to the Gardens, creating less formal gardens. This trend has continued until we see the Gardens as they are today.
The Gardens at Enys offer a unique, tranquil and unspoilt experience, presenting a wide variety of peaceful garden vistas.
Within the 30 acre gardens lie the open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breathtaking; the Ponds, where the the waterwheel can be found, The Flower Garden, The New Zealand Garden, Broadwalk and The Orchard to mention a few.
The Gardens also have a wonderful collection of trees including over a hundred trees of veteran age. The Gardens feature two champion trees- a Carya tomentosa which can be found next to the Australasian border at the back of the Servants’ Quarters, and Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’ which can be seen on the left-hand side of the walk down from the House towards the Flower Garden. Nearby stands the Chilean Laurel (Laurelia sempervirens), known for its strong aromatic leaves and bark.
Behind the cafe building you can also see a very tall Ginkgo biloba, said to be the second tallest in the UK (after the one at Kew).
At the north end of Broadwalk there is a Sequoia sempervirens; growing up around the massive trunk is a Wisteria that flowers up the tree in May.
In addition to the various gardens we also have a few seasonal features such as the beautiful Meadow Walk in June with Ox-eye daisies, which stretches from the corner of the House Lawn down to the Flower Garden.
To find out what you can expect to see during your visit, have a look at what is in season.